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This blog is called "Finding Aunt Delia" because of my quest to properly identify a woman of color in a photograph from my white American family's past. "Aunt Delia" appears in this image, which was taken around 1880 in Norfolk, Va. She is holding my great grandmother, Lois Evalyn Wemple who was born in 1879. Many years after it was taken, my grandmother (Lois's only child), who was then a grown woman herself, identifed the woman as "Aunt Delia" in writing on the back of the photo. Despite being a pretty good researcher, I have not been able to determine Delia's last name, where she lived or how exactly she was associated with my family. But there are many more Delias who I might be able to identify and whose stories can help me and others understand our shared American history.