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I am the great-great-granddaughter of Neely Gray, a slave bought in Richmond, Virginia, with her mother, by a Dr. Jenkins of Pine Bluff. Neely was a young girl (six or seven) during the Civil War and remembers the Battle of Pine Bluff. Mrs. Bernice Bowden of the WPA interviewed her twice, and both are listed in the Arkansas Slave Narratives.
I “met” Neely via the Internet a few years ago after a lengthy search and learned she had at one time taught weekly Bible lessons. Her comments about the behavior of her students brought forth a smile and a chuckle since I have been teaching for over thirty-five years. I’m hoping she hears me: “Nana Neely, students have not changed, they still ‘Ain’t got no manners—chews gum and whispers.’”
Respectfully and with ancestral thanks, Sandra Glenn White Gaines, daughter of:
Winona Glen White, born in Pine Bluff, and sister of Leona Owens, both daughters of: 
Eva Mae Banks, sister of Leon (?) of Pine Bluff (?) both children of:
Birdie Tillman, Pine Bluff—only child of:
Neely Gray, original African (?) and daughter of and sister of:
Both Unknown

 PS:

It is my desire to find Neely’s grave and, if possible, ascertain the origins of her mother, my great-great-great-grandmother. I intend to be in Pine Bluff this summer after school has ended. What a journey!


Sandra Glenn Gaines
Oakland, CA