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Henry Clay Bruce

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on 13 May 2011

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Transcript of Henry Clay Bruce

Henry Clay Bruce was born a slave in Virginia in 1836. Henry's owner Lemuel Bruce sold the family eight years later to Jack Perkinson in 1844, Perkinson lived in Keytesville, Missouri. After Henry was rented out to several different people, Perkinson moved back to Virginia in 1847. Bruce was freed after the Civil War and he moved to Leavenworth, Kansas with his new wife. Henry Clay Bruce Henry Clay Bruce died in 1902 Henry Clay Bruce was the brother of the first black U.S. Senator Blanche K. Bruce. Bruce was rented out as a laborer and also learned how to read. Other jobs that Henry clay did besides being a slave laborere were a tobacconist, rail splitter, and eventually farm hand supervisor. Henry and his fiance escaped their masters
and headed to Kansas, Henry found a job as a bricklayer and several years later bought a house. Mr. Bruce would remain in Kansas for many years, owning several businesses, running unsuccessfully for public office, and serving a term as an elected doorkeeper for the state senate.
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