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adopted by Mr. Randle early7 m life. He Avas born in Bledsoe
County, Tennessee, September 22, 1839. He Avas born a slave.
When onty eight y7ears old his mother wdth her five children were
sold for debt. When he was about eighteen y7ears old he was again
sold. He changed hands seA7eral times and was finally brought to
Nashville by7 the soldiers, with tw7o suits of clothes and $2.50 in cash.
Mr. Randle secured a position in a restaurant Avhere he worked for
his board until he could find employment that was more lucratiA7e.
Through the influence of friends, coupled with his own energy, he
soon secured a position at $1 per day7 as porter of a grocery store.
After he had accumulated sufficient money he decided to secure an
education and entered Fisk University7, which Avas then in its prime.
After three years' close application to books, Mr. Randle decided
that he had an education sufficient to master his chosen profession.
He lost his mother about this time and shortly7 after married Miss
Irene Webb, Avho has proA7en to be a helpmate indeed and in truth.
By their perseA7erance and economy they haA7e secured considerable
property. He is blessed Avith three children all of whom he is giA7-
ing a fine education.
The writer claims Mr. Randle's family as his friends ; has known
them for many years and can say7 that he has yet to find a family7
where there is more supreme happiness. Father, mother and chil¬
dren are worthy of imitation. His property7 is A7alued at $15,000.
PROSPEROUS COLORED PEOPLE IN RICHMOND.
«HE population of Richmond, Va., is estimated at 100,000, of
which 45,000 are colored, of which almost half are in Jackson
ward, one of the largest in the city. This ward is controlled by
the Negroes. They7 have property assessed at 8650,000 for taxation.
This ward has eleven halls, valued at 805,000 ; it has ten churches. It
has four lawyers, seven doctors, and the Avard is represented in the
City Council by six men, four of whom are Afro-Americans. An ar¬
mory on West Leigh street is soon to be erected at a cost of $20,000.
This part of the city contains many7 handsome residences, and one
not accustomed to seeing sucdi, would be surprised at the uniform
richness and neatness in which the "Africa of Richmond" is kept.