Remembering Sallie West

On this day of a memorial celebration in Santa Cruz, Calif., of the life of Sallie Johnstone Samuelson West, here is a tribute to her musical inspiration and her matriarchal lineage, which I recently researched for a genealogy project. The photo is from a community theater rehearsal in Santa Cruz in 1964.

I did not personally know Sallie or her foremothers, but I admire the lives they lived. Here's to the future generations!

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