Thursday, October 27, 2005

Postcard Delivered 93 Years Late

From (Prince William Co., Va.)

Woman finds relatives of 93-year-old postcard

By Daniel Gilbert
Friday, October 28, 2005

Margie McHose has an unusual affection for Alfred Leigh, a man she has never met, a man who died long before she was born.

An image of Leigh, a former slave turned shoemaker, wound up on the face of a postcard in McHose's garage last May, inspiring a search to locate his living family. The search ended on Thursday at a conference in Washington, D.C.

McHose, a retired Woodbridge resident, was preparing for a yard sale when she discovered a postcard featuring an old black man in cobbler attire at the Jamestown Exposition. The caption identified the man as Alfred Leigh, a former slave belonging to Judge Thomas Leigh of Halifax County. The postcard was not dated.


"I kept looking at the picture and looking at the face," she says in a heavy Bronx accent, "and I know it might sound crazy and weird, but his eyes seemed to say: 'Find where I belong.' "


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