Creator

Date Original

1875-1890

Description

This collection consists of correspondence to Annie M. Rector Copeland, dated from 1875 to 1890. The letters were written by family members, including her husband, father, brothers, and daughter. A letter to Annie Copeland from her brother, John Rector, dated February 21, 1877, speaks of his attendance at the wedding of Lottie Andrews Stevens [Charlotte Stephens], Little Rock’s first black teacher.

Biographical/Historical Note

Annie M. Rector was born in July 1855, the daughter of W.A. (William) Rector of Little Rock, Arkansas, and Martha Hinston, who died in 1858. W.A. Rector was born a slave of Chester Ashley, United States Senator from Arkansas, 1844-1848. During Reconstruction, W.A. Rector was elected city collector, city marshal, and constable. He was also a member of the famed Ashley Band of Little Rock. Annie married William L. Copeland on October 22, 1874, in Pulaski County. Copeland, a lawyer, was born 1845 in Oberlin, Ohio, and served in the Union Army during the Civil War. He also served in the Arkansas Legislature from 1873-1875, representing Crittenden County. The family moved back to Little Rock at the end of his legislative career. Copeland worked for the postal service before becoming a Little Rock policeman. He died in the line of duty on December 30, 1885, from wounds received in an attempt to apprehend a convict. Annie Rector Copeland died on May 12, 1915, in Hot Springs, Arkansas. She is buried with members of the Rector family in fraternal Cemetery, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Arkansas

Language

English

Identifier

MS.000541

Resource Type

Text

Collection

Rector-Copeland family papers, MS.000541

Publisher

Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Rector-Copeland family papers, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Rights

Use and reproduction of images held by the Arkansas State Archives without prior written permission is prohibited. For information on reproducing images held by the Arkansas State Archives, please call 501-682-6900 or email at state.archives@arkansas.gov.

Disciplines

United States History

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