Don’t forget the catfish in the bathtub

Statesman editorial writer Alberta Phillips wrote a beautiful remembrance in today’s paper about her grandmother, Esther Harrison, who was part of the Great Migration, the exodus of more than 6 million blacks out of the South between 1915 and 1970.

Phillips writes that, like so many others, Harrison likely walked from South Carolina to New York, where she lived out the rest of her days, working long hours cleaning restrooms at the Statue of Liberty and keeping fresh soon-to-be-fried fish and even turtles in her bathtub.

She was a garden-tending, home-brewing, chicken-raising New Yorker who lives on through her granddaughter’s words. I hope you enjoy Phillips’ piece as much as I did.

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