Mary Lewis Archie

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Born: January 16, 1926

This web-page tells the story of a remarkable woman.  She was never famous, her face was never broadcast over live television.  She grew up during a time when family, religion, and survival were the core of American life rather than television, computers, and fast-food.  I invite you to lean closer and learn about her life. You may choose to begin by reading the poem below by Maya Angelou (Mary Lewis' favorite poet), and continue by clicking on the links at the bottom of the page. 

"Touched by An Angel"

by Maya Angelou

We, unaccustomed to courage
exiles from delight
live coiled in shells of loneliness
until love leaves its high holy temple
and comes into our sight
to liberate us into life.

Love arrives
and in its train come ecstasies
old memories of pleasure
ancient histories of pain.
Yet if we are bold,
love strikes away the chains of fear
from our souls.

We are weaned from our timidity
In the flush of love's light
we dare be brave
And suddenly we see
that love costs all we are
and will ever be.
Yet it is only love
which sets us free

*Picture courtesty of Mary Lewis Archie

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The text, video, audio, and website are the result of interviews conducted by Christina Cupani,
Davidson College Class of 2004, in the fall of 2003.

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