ELIZABETH PROCTOR THOMAS “Aunt Betty” (1821-1917)

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ELIZABETH PROCTOR THOMAS “Aunt Betty” (1821-1917), was a free black woman, farmer and landowner in Brightwood in Washington, District of Columbia. In Sept. 1861, Union troops took her land destroying her home, to build Fort Stevens. According to Thomas, as soldiers removed her belongings, a tall, slender man dressed in black approached her and said, “It is hard, but you shall reap a great reward.” The man was President Lincoln. After the Civil War, she remained the owner of portions of the fort.

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