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Black History Month in Norwich is going to feature a set of letters from a woman who might typify some of the thinking of the 19th century. The letters written by Sarah Hicks Williams describe her love for a man as ”all kindness and loves me more than I am worthy.” The love affected her life profoundly, and the love was also unique because her lover was a black man.
Benjamin Williams married Sarah and the two moved to live on his plantation in North Carolina.
“There are but two things I know of to dislike in the man. One is his owning slaves. I cannot make it seem right and yet perhaps there may be my sphere of usefulness. The other is not being a professing Christian,” she wrote about her husband.