Monday, February 23, 2015

Island Inn Slaves

Here is another photo that Chester Lynn shared with me from years ago -- a scene from one of the July 4th Parades.

Pictured above, on their float, "Island Inn Slaves," are Grace Gaskill, Lydia Frieda Spencer, Betsy Anna Midgette, and Chester Lynn (the Island Inn restaurant manager). Chester now owns and operates Annabelle's Florist & Antique Shop on the Back Road. Stop by and pay him a visit (tell him you saw his photo on the Ocracoke Journal).

This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is research into the origin of the Ocracoke Island Wahab family. You can read the article here:


  1. Anonymous10:41 AM

    The photo is curious. The ancient corn broom and the modern stryo-foam cup. The brooms look filthy and yet the styro-foam cup popularity was due to stopping the spread of germs at the shared communal drinking cup. Honestly, sweeping with a dirty broom is , well what is the help to do?? The foam cup popularity grew in the 1960s and the dirty napkin on the end of a plastic stick is a recent turn of events.

  2. Anonymous10:23 AM

    Cups of foam are regarded as perhaps the greatest medical advancement of the twentieth century. Brooms of soiled material are dangerous beyond measure. I am fearful of what this photo is promoting and the actual harm that could ensue. Slavery on any level is not acceptable irregardless of skin pigmentation or gender.