For this year’s April A-Z Challenge I am blogging a series of sketches about the free people formerly enslaved on the Cleage plantations in Athens, Tennessee and their descendents. Click on any image to enlarge. Click on links for more information.
Yvette Cleage is my second cousin. I have not seen her since the 1960s when we both attended my father, then Rev. Albert B. Cleage Jr’s church. The church was then called Central United Church of Christ, now known as The Shrine of the Black Madonna.
Yvette’s father, David Cleage, was my father’s first cousin, son of James and Josephine (Cleage) Cleage. James was the son of Jerry and Charlotte (Bridgeman) Cleage. Josephine was my grandfather, Albert B. Cleage Sr’s sister and the daughter of Lewis and Celia (Rice) Cleage. Lewis was the son of Frank and Juda Cleage. And there we are, back to the plantations of David and Alexander Cleage.
I found Ziggy Johnson’s obituary online at The Motor City Muckracker.