Friday Memory:

Hester and Robert Coleman

Friday's Memory, August 24, 2018


Photo of Hester and Robert Coleman, Elaine Buck's Grandparents winning the Good Samaritan Award. The photo was taken at the Hopewell Presbyterian Church. Photo taken by Ken Williamson


Queen Hester Hightower Coleman was born in Pittsylvania County, Virginia on March 12, 1912. She was the oldest of 12 children. Hester was a sharecropper in Danville, Virginia. Besides picking tobacco, one of her many duties as the eldest child was to care for her younger siblings and prepare meals for those working in the fields.


As a child when I was growing up in Hopewell, NJ, Grandmom Hester wore a handmade apron every day. On Sunday mornings she wore a full apron over her church clothes as she prepared Sunday breakfast. During the week she wore a half apron. Her aprons always had a pocket. Being inquisitive, I checked to see just what was in her pocket. That’s where she kept her handkerchief, silver can of snuff, her change purse (in case the Fuller Brush man or Avon lady stopped by).


To see what else Hester occasionally kept In her apron pocket…sign up on our order page to be among the first to be notified when IF THESE STONES COULD TALK is officially available for purchase in early November!

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African American Museum

189 Hollow Rd.

Skillman, NJ 08558

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