Inquiry Letter from Formerly Enslaved Person-age request

Despite his memories of his former owners and his family, the doctor seeking information about his past lacks one detail that most of us would take for granted: his age. Despite being able to practice medicine and write—skills likely not common among formerly enslaved African-Americans in the late nineteenth century—the doctor does not know his own age. [Acree Family papers, Accession #2986, Box 8, Folder 12, The Texas Collection, Baylor University.]