Convention of former slaves: Annie Parram, age 104; Anna Angales, age 105; Elizabeth Berkeley, 125; Sadie Thompson, 110. Washington, D.C., 1916. Oh, I wish someone had interviewed them or could just talk to them now!
Cathay Williams (1842 – ) lived out the mantra, “I can do anything you can do better”. She was the first and only known female Buffalo Soldier. She was born into slavery and worked for the Union army during the Civil War. She posed as a man and enlisted as Williams Cathay in the 38th infantry in 1866. She was given a medical discharge in 1868.