Sally Letterlough: 60-Years of Family Reunions

We interviewed Sally Letterlough during the DDFR Roadshow at SilverDocs in Silver Spring, MD. She brought in images dating back to the 1900s. The photographs were some of the smallest prints we had come across – thumb-size! She also brough books she created that for her family family reunions which have been going on for 60-years.

The following is an excerpt from the interview.

Sally Letterlough:

Well, my family, my mother, sisters and brothers started family reunions when I was ten years old, and we’ve have family reunions consecutively, this will be our 60th year, and I just admire that. It has given me a solidity, an identity a consciousness, it’s given me everything, these family reunions and so I felt that they should be honored, acknowledged, appreciated for what they did for our family so I tried to assemble something from that side of my family. On my paternal side of my family they’ve been having family reunions for 25 years. So I only brought the book from the 25th Anniversary that has some of the historical pictures on my paternal side. So what I have today is a combination of reunions, one paternal side, 25 years, maternal side, 60 years. And then I have something of my grandmother and their early years before they started having family reunions.

3 Responses to Sally Letterlough: 60-Years of Family Reunions

  1. Sallie Letterlough March 8, 2011 at 2:27 am #

    I was so delighted when I received a call from my sister, in N.C. of the photo interview. A friend of African American Studies, Dean Andrea Vann of North Carolina College told her it was on google. Our cousin and his wife were delighted with your interview. Again, Thank you for enriching our family legacy.
    Sallie Letterlough

  2. Vanessa R. Williams May 2, 2011 at 10:37 pm #

    When I was a student at Abram Simon Elementary School in the 60's, there was a tall, poised, articulate young teacher/counselor/mentor by the name of Sallie Letterlough on staff. She was such an inspiration! I remember the talent shows she would sponsor, as well as the charm class she initiated. She was always encouraging us to read as much as we could, explore our gifts and talents, and embrace history and culture. In light of teacher Appreciation Week, she crossed my mind today. What a delight for ME to see this! God bless her! So glad that she is still “walking tall”.

  3. Sallie Letterlough September 17, 2016 at 4:45 pm #

    HI Vanessa, THANK YOU FOR THE REMINDER OF MY TEACHING YEARS AT SIMON ELEMENTARY, D.C.I WILL ALWAYS RECALL MY TIME AT SIMON W/THE CHARM CLUB AND THE ACTIVITIES WERE SO DELIGHTFUL. HOW GRATEFUL I AM FOR YOUR APPRECIATION.

    Sallie Letterlough

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