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"Of all the photographs taken of Francois, this is my favorite. (The original is in the archives of the Cammie G. Henry Research Center.) It is the look he got on his face when he was recounting a story, a serious, introspective visage that, at the story's end, would spread into a smile -- accompanied by the hint of a wink in his eye. Francois was very kind to me as a child and all through the years I knew him. He was a wonderful storyteller. My brothers and cousins and I would sit in his house and, with mouths agape and eyes agoggle, listen to his magical tales of happenings on Melrose, stories that could change with each retelling but were always accepted as perfectly true. The same incident simply happened again, just in a different way.

 Whitfield Jack, Jr.



Cammie G. Henry Research Center

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