Tom Carnahan, the only black police officer in Lincoln, NE, finds his brother after two decades

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Title

Tom Carnahan, the only black police officer in Lincoln, NE, finds his brother after two decades

Subject

Other (Newspaper Article)

Description

Tom Carnahan reuniting with his brother, Silas, for the first time since the Civil War. They were enslaved in Arkansas before being separated by the war.

Source

McCook Tribune (McCook, NE)

Date

November 4, 1886

Relation

The Lincoln, NE Star Journal, 27 Oct 1886, 2, newspapers.com:

"Tom Carnahan, of the Lincoln Police force, met his brother Silas, Monday evening after a seperation [sic] of thirty years. At the time of seperation [sic] both were slaves on an Arkansas river plantation."

1900 U.S. federal census, Lincoln, NE: enumerates Thomas Carnahan as a black police officer, born in Arkansas, in July 1846. Parents both born in Kentucky.

Coverage

Lincoln, NE
TX (Texas)
AR (Arkansas)

Contributor

Jesse Nasta

Publisher

Newspapers.com

Transcription

TOM CARNAHAN, the colored member of the Lincoln police force, has been treated to a genuine surprise by the arrival of his brother from Texas, whom he has not heard from in twenty years. Before the war Tom and his brother were slave chil-dren in Arkansas and were separated by the war. Tom drifted to the north and his brother to Texas. A short time ago a letter from the latter place informed Tom that his brother was alive and well and the reunion was agreed upon and carried out.

State

Nebraska
Texas
Arkansas

Citation

“Tom Carnahan, the only black police officer in Lincoln, NE, finds his brother after two decades,” Other (Newspaper Article), McCook Tribune (McCook, NE), November 4, 1886, Last Seen: Finding Family After Slavery, accessed May 8, 2021, https://informationwanted.org/items/show/3248.

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