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Page 72. " I didn’t know that I really had missed Roskus and Dilsey and them until that morning in Virginia "
Chief Railroad Systems 1910
Public DomainChief Railroad Systems 1910 - Credit: Probert Encyclopedia

Quentin is here reflecting on an earlier journey back home to Mississippi.  The map shows that he would have taken the Vanderbilt line down to New York, the Pennsylvania line to Washington and the Morgan line back to his home state. Virginia, the northernmost southern state after Maryland, represents a gateway back to a place where blacks were the heart of the family, providing reassurance and nurturance not to be found amongst the relatively independent northern African Americans.