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Samenia Wilson Limes Oral History Collection
Samenia Wilson Limes Oral History Collection

The Samenia Wilson Limes Oral History Collection comprises interview recordings and transcripts that Kelly Limes-Taylor Henderson used to complete her dissertation, One Hundred and Sixteenth: One Family’s Education, which focused on the educational life history of her grandmother, Samenia Limes. Limes-Taylor Henderson conducted oral history interviews with Limes’s nine living children, producing over twenty hours of interview recordings and hundreds of pages of transcripts. Limes-Taylor Henderson went on to analyze her oral history data through the use of historical fiction, writing the novella One Hundred and Sixteenth based on her family members’ testimonies.

Samenia Natalie Wilson was born in Georgetown, South Carolina in 1912. She was the second of ten children born to Samuel and Leola Wilson. A brilliant student, Samenia graduated with the highest academic average in her high school. She taught school before the demands of raising a family required her to be at home.

In 1931, Samenia married James Jero Limes. They had ten children. Five children were born in Georgetown, and the other five were born after the couple’s move to New York City in 1944.

Samenia was active in her church, was a member of the Georgetonians of New York, and was a charter member of Meridian Chapter No. 67 of the Eureka Grand Chapter OES/PHA, State and Jurisdiction of New York. Known for her compassion and warmth, Samenia’s greatest joy was in the love she gave to her family.

Copyright to this collection is owned by Georgia State University Library. Georgia State University Library has made this digital collection available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

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