Slavery was abolished nearly 140 years ago, but the memories of its injustice are alive and well even today. Hart County resident Bertha May Rogers is 79 years young and she's the author of a recently published story “Wounded But Not Broken". It's the story of her father, a Kentucky slave.
There are no photographs of Bertha Mae Rogers' father except those in her mind. As a child he shared with her stories of slavery, which she now shares with the world.
Bertha's father told her of long years in the fields. He was taken from his mother as an infant, and introduced to a long life as someone else's property. Bertha says it wasn't until he escaped and found a new master that he even got name, Abb Bradley.
In 1865 Mr. Bradley became a free man and started a family. He was 90 when Bertha Mae was born. The day before he died, Mr. Bradley took his little girl in hand to buy her a pair of shoes he couldn't afford. That was one of the last time he would see his daughter.
When he died, Mr. Abb Bradley left behind a legacy of slavery, tales of hardship met with strength and determination. As his daughter recalls fondly, he was "wounded, but not broken."
If you're interested in reading more about Mister Abb Bradley, "Wounded But Not Broken" by Bertha Mae Rogers can be found at Hats Galore and More in Bowling Green (2317 Russellville Road) and at the law office of Justin Baird in Munfordville (113 East South Street). The list price is $4.95.