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“Over the course of the millennia, all these ancestors in your tree, generation upon generation, have come down to this moment in time—to give birth to you. There has never been, nor will ever be, another like you. You have been given a tremendous responsibility. You carry the hopes and dreams of all those who have gone before. Hopes and dreams for a better world. What will you do with your time on this Earth? How will you contribute to the ongoing story of humankind?” ~ Laurence Overmire

I went to the Los Angeles Public Library on Saturday, really ready to delve into some research on all the Sapps that moved here from Georgia.  Needless to say I was quite disappointed.  I started with the city directories, and one relative, Emerson Sapp was not listed in quite a few of them that I looked through.  I did find him in the  Los Angeles Telephone book for 1955.  I was not sure when Emerson moved to Los Angeles, but at the time I knew that he was living here in 1962 when my great grandfather passed because he is in several photos during the funeral services.  I could not fin Walter Pendleton Sapp in the San Bernardino city directories either and this man owned lots of land from Victorville to Los Angeles.  So I don't what to say about that. I was told that I could possibly go to USC because they have the archives of The Los Angeles Sentinal,which was the African American newspaper here in Los Angeles.

It was told to me that Emerson Sapp donated his body to UCLA and he was possibly a physician, but I could find no record of him there.
When I came home I was able to find Emerson in the  1950 and 1954 California Voter Registration index along with his wife Hortense, both lived at 2550 3rd Ave in Los Angeles and both Registered as Republicans.  This I find to be very interesting.

During the time of Reconstruction, from 1863-1877, all of the black politicians were from the Republican Part, which was a representation of Abraham Lincoln and  emancipation. The Democratic Party was a representation of  southern planters, slavery and secession.  Through the  Jim Crow era until about the time of the Great Migration, blacks were Republicans. In 1928, the first black congressman was elected, and the last black Republican was put into office.

The election of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1932 led to a shift of black voting loyalties from Republican to Democrat, as Roosevelt's New Deal programs offered economic relief to people suffering from the Great Depression. From 1940 to 1970, nearly five million blacks moved north and also west, especially to California, in the second wave of the Great Migration.

By the 1960s, virtually all black voters were Democrats and most were voting in states outside the former Confederacy.

However, I found my trip to the library to be a  bit of a waste of time.  Yes I am going to go back to research through some of the databases that they have to see if I can find anything, but I can  do that from my local branch and not have to go to the main branch in down town Los Angeles.
I think I am going to make Genealogy one of my volunteer missions, but taking photos of cemeteries and adding to Find A Grave, as well as imputing information into a data base for Family Search Center in Utah.  These are two areas where I know I can be of service.

I am going to try to see what I can find from the Historical Society here so USC and  the historical society are my next stops.


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