1. This web site has been EXTREMELY informative for me. I intend on visiting Wilson, NC, this year to do some research on the Tart Family. I am the grand daughter of Arthur Tart Sr. I found out that he was married, prior to marrying my grandmother. His first wife’s name was Caro Bass. They were married in December of 1911. I do not know if any children were born unto them. By 1920, he was living in Chicago and married to my grandmother, Cornelia Campbell. They had five children. Lucille (1920), Vivian (1922), Arthur Jr. (1924) David (1926), and Beatrice (1929). Arthur Sr. died in Chicago, in December 1928, 2 months prior to Beatrice’s birth. I believe, my grandfather had a brother, named Henry because on both of their wedding licenses, their father’s name is John. Henry, got married, in December of 1911, also. He married a woman named, Julia Clark, at the AME, Zion Church in Edgecombe County. Additionally, there was a Teachy man, that married a sister or cousin, in the Tart Family.
    As I read these articles, and I look at the dates, I know my family had to know those people. I appreciate your article on the Black photographers and I was wondering if you knew where any of the Barnes pictures are or where I could to view them? My grandfather had a picture of him and his mother. When my grandmother died in 1958, Arthur Jr., received the picture of his father. When he died in 2011, his wife claimed, she had never seen the picture before, notwithstanding, it hung in their house for decades. I have the picture of my grandfather’s mother. I hope to visit Wilson, in August or September.

    1. Hi, Linda! What a pleasure to hear from you and to know that my blog is reaching the Wide-Awake diaspora! I assume you found the post about Henry Tart’s death? As for George W. Barnes’ photos, no. I’m not aware of any other than those in my family. I grew up with some of his great-grandchildren, but none know where any of his equipment, negatives or images wound up.

      1. Hello Lisa. Your blog is awesome, to say the least. There were so many interesting people in Wilson and I really enjoyed the articles about Reid, Coon, and the female teacher. (I am a retired educator.) The way those teachers stuck together was great. They then founded their own school. When I read that, I almost fainted, notwithstanding, it occurred almost a hundred years ago, additionally, I had a real sense of pride.
        I think I read a death registry, that stated Henry Tart died when he was 33. I wondered what happened to him? Do you know? I did not see your post about him and I would love to know what happened. As I said before, I believe he was my grandfather’s older brother.
        Is there any place in Wilson, that I can see old photographs of Black families that resided in Wilson, during the early part of the 20th century? Did you live in Wilson? Are there any old photographs of the children that went to the colored school? If so, would it be found in the library or the school archives? I know my grandfather, had to go there because he could read and write.

        Thank you in advance, for any information you can give me. Please let me now about my great uncle’s death. His brother, Arthur, died of diabetics, in 1928.

        Linda Tart.


        Again, your blog is wonderful and extremely informative. All of the information I received about the Tart family, came off of ancestry.com.

      2. Hi, Linda. I’m sorry — I just realized that I have not in fact posted the Henry Tart piece. I’ll do so Monday. He died of pneumonia.

        I grew up in Wilson, but have not lived there in many years. I go home to visit my parents 3-4 times a year though and remain very much connected to the community. There is a small African-American history museum in Wilson, the Freeman Roundhouse. It houses a small collection of photos, many of which have been digitized at http://library.digitalnc.org/cdm/search/searchterm/Wilson%20County!Images%20of%20North%20Carolina/field/covera!digita/mode/exact!exact/conn/and!and/order/date/page/10. There is no school archives or other records repository for the Colored Graded School.

  2. I would like to thank you for giving me the web site, for the digital library. I saw those pictures of early Wilson NC and I was astonished, astonished that the buildings look so nice and well built. When I saw the picture of the Briggs Hotel, I began crying because that is where another one of my grandfather’s relative worked. I saw his name in the 1917 directory, and he worked as a bell boy. His name was Offie Tart. I have not been able to find a marriage certificate or any other information on him.

    Once again, thank you so much for establishing this web site.

    Linda Tart

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