A few months after parents have left, it seems more difficult to beleive that they are not present to hug or to answer your questions. But they are present in the great visible gifts that they gave to Houston and Galveston. Their historic preservation work in Galveston impacted so many lives of people of all ages. Several years ago, I remember talking with your father on the phone, telling him about our challenge of trying to save the National Register Historic District of Freedmen's Town-4th Ward for future generations, for archaeology field schools, and for tourism. He patiently listened and encouraged us to do our best. A few years later we called again with an emergency plea for assistance to stop the demolition of two historic homes that were first purchased by two Freed woman in 1860's immediately after Emancipation. He quickly responded and sent us the balance that was needed to finally purchase and save the property to become dedicated Museum houses in honor of the 1st Black Attorney's and his wife, a teacher who worked in the Carnegie Colored Library.
You dear children have some large footsteps to follow. But after hearing Lorenze speak at Amigos de las Americas, I was convinced that you will all do great work in your lives. Your parents will be proudly watching you.
Catherine Roberts, The Rutherford B H Yates Museum, Inc.