FAMILY HISTORY

While Peggy was actively involved in a historic movement, she also has an illustrious family history that is captured in select images below...

Grandmother, Mother & Aunt
Grandmother, Mother & Aunt

Peggy's mother, Ellen Craft and her older sister, Virginia Rose, with Peggy's grandmother Bessie Trotter Craft.

Grandmother, Mother & Aunt
Grandmother, Mother & Aunt

Peggy's mother, Ellen Craft and her older sister, Virginia Rose, with Peggy's grandmother Bessie Trotter Craft.

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Grandmother, Mother & Aunt

This is Peggy's mother, Ellen Craft Dammond as a young girl (in the middle) with her older sister, Virginia Craft Rose (in the hairbow), and their mother—Peggy's grandmother—Bessie Trotter Craft of the acclaimed Trotter family. A family not only including Peggy's great-grandmother, Virginia Isaacs Trotter, the great-great grandniece of Sally Hemings and Peggy's great-grandfather, James Trotter, revered officer of the Civil War's famed 55th Regiment, but their son, Peggy's great-uncle and early 20th Century civil rights icon, William Monroe Trotter (brother of Bessie).  In fact, the  house of Peggy's "Uncle Monroe" is a federal historic landmark.  And as noted above, through her Trotter-Fossett family lineage Peggy is a direct descendant of Mary Hemings Bell, sister of Sally Hemings. Both are on the birth list of their mother Elizabeth "Betty" Hemings below, with Mary born in 1753 and Sally in 1773.

Elizabeth "Betty" Hemings
Elizabeth "Betty" Hemings

This is the archival list of children by Peggy's 3rd great-grandmother, Elizabeth "Betty" Hemings that includes her 2nd great-grandmother, Mary and her sister, Sally.

Elizabeth "Betty" Hemings
Elizabeth "Betty" Hemings

This is the archival list of children by Peggy's 3rd great-grandmother, Elizabeth "Betty" Hemings that includes her 2nd great-grandmother, Mary and her sister, Sally.

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William & Ellen Craft
William & Ellen Craft

Peggy's great-great grandparents, William & Ellen Craft (the namesake of Peggy's mother), were famed for escaping slavery by the biracial Ellen posing as the white male owner of her husband...

William & Ellen Craft
William & Ellen Craft

Peggy's great-great grandparents, William & Ellen Craft (the namesake of Peggy's mother), were famed for escaping slavery by the biracial Ellen posing as the white male owner of her husband...

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Ellen Craft
Ellen Craft

Peggy's great-great grandmother, Ellen Craft

Ellen Craft
Ellen Craft

Peggy's great-great grandmother, Ellen Craft

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The Niagra Movement Poster
The Niagra Movement Poster

Peggy's great-uncle, William Monroe Trotter is pictured with fellow civil rights icon, W.E.B. DuBois

The Niagra Movement Poster
The Niagra Movement Poster

Peggy's great-uncle, William Monroe Trotter is pictured with fellow civil rights icon, W.E.B. DuBois

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Ellen & William Craft

Peggy's maternal great-great grandparents, William & Ellen Craft (the namesake of Peggy's mother) are famed for escaping slavery by Ellen's impersonation as the male owner of her husband.  Their son, Charles Phillips Craft and his son, Henry Kempton Craft (who married Bessie Trotter), were respectively Peggy's great-grandfather and grandfather.

Ellen Craft

An archival image (L) of Peggy's biracial great-great grandmother, Ellen Craft, who posed as her husband's "white" male slave owner (as depicted below) .

Ellen Craft as a male slave owner
Ellen Craft as a male slave owner

William & Ellen Craft
William & Ellen Craft

Peggy's great-great grandparents, William & Ellen Craft (the namesake of Peggy's mother), were famed for escaping slavery by Ellen posing as the male owner of her husband...

Ellen Craft as a male slave owner
Ellen Craft as a male slave owner

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William Monroe Trotter

Peggy's great-uncle William Monroe Trotter was the brother of her maternal grandmother, Bessie Trotter Craft.  The founder & publisher of the historic Guardian newspaper, he was also a confidante of W.E.B. DuBois, as was one of the "Original 21" for the famed Niagara Movement (2nd row from the top, 4th image). He also famously led the national protest against "Birth of a Nation" by D.W. Griffith.

William Monroe Trotter
William Monroe Trotter

Peggy's great-uncle William Monroe Trotter

William Monroe Trotter
William Monroe Trotter

Peggy's great-uncle William Monroe Trotter

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2nd Lt. James Monroe Trotter
2nd Lt. James Monroe Trotter

Peggy's great-great grandfather, James Monroe Trotter --father of William Monroe Trotter-- served in the Civil War under The Union's, Company G, 55th Massachusetts Infantry (circa1865)

2nd Lt. James Monroe Trotter
2nd Lt. James Monroe Trotter

Peggy's great-great grandfather, James Monroe Trotter --father of William Monroe Trotter-- served in the Civil War under The Union's, Company G, 55th Massachusetts Infantry (circa1865)

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James Monroe Trotter

Peggy's great-grandfather, James Monroe Trotter—father of William Monroe Trotter and her maternal grandmother, Bessie Trotter Craft—served in the Civil War under The Union's Company G, 55th Massachusetts Infantry.

James_Monroe_Trotter
James_Monroe_Trotter

Peggy's mother, Ellen Craft Dammond
Peggy's mother, Ellen Craft Dammond

Peggy's mother, Ellen Craft Dammond then UN Ambassador, Andrew Young, also a civil rights stalwart.

James_Monroe_Trotter
James_Monroe_Trotter

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Peggy's mother, Ellen Craft Dammond
Peggy's mother, Ellen Craft Dammond

Peggy's mother, Ellen Craft Dammond then UN Ambassador, Andrew Young, also a civil rights stalwart.

Peggy's mother, Ellen Craft Dammond
Peggy's mother, Ellen Craft Dammond

Peggy's mother, Ellen Craft Dammond then UN Ambassador, Andrew Young, also a civil rights stalwart.

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Ellen Craft Dammond

Peggy's mother, Ellen Craft Dammond speaking with then UN Ambassador, Andrew Young, also a civil rights stalwart. Mrs. Dammond was also engaged in civil rights work throughout her life...

Peggy's mother, Ellen Craft Dammond
Peggy's mother, Ellen Craft Dammond

Peggy's mother, Ellen Craft Dammond
Peggy's mother, Ellen Craft Dammond

Peggy's mother, Ellen Craft Dammond then UN Ambassador, Andrew Young, also a civil rights stalwart.

Peggy's mother, Ellen Craft Dammond
Peggy's mother, Ellen Craft Dammond

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