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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Volunteers hunt for the truth about our place in the Civil War

Douglas Barnett of Seattle has been researching his maternal grandfather, John Conna, one of Tacoma’s most prominent black residents in the late 1800s, for decades. Among his finds is this letter written by the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury to Conna.