Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Winter 2019

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52 Winter 2019 | Wake Forest 27587 Magazine In what Massinger calls "my museum room" hangs an oil portrait atop a fireplace mantel. e subject: Benjamin Smith Harri- son. e plot: a love story. "He and Elizabeth Smith were first cous- ins, and they were in love," she said. "But they were not allowed to get married, so they both married other people. When he died and the will was read, he was buried in (the family) graveyard. We got his picture and his body." Yet even then, the cousins' remains were not placed side-by-side. "ey were separat- ed by parents in life and death," said daugh- ter Kiki Farish, standing graveside in the family cemetery. At a gathering one afternoon, the Oakfor- est kin of today engaged in a family tradi- tion, hanging hams in the kitchen, with Kiki Farish's husband, Walker, getting a handoff from daughter-in-law Maria and grandchil- dren Mateo, 6, and David, 3, as son, Ben Farish, stood watch. e young Farish boys played on the staircase, one inadvertently stopping beneath an imposing portrait of a young Joseph Sea- wall, a cousin of Massenger's late husband, James Speed Massenburg Jr., and one signed simply Primrose '63. e artist, Primrose McPherson Paschal, is perhaps best known for a 1948 work titled "Beulah's Baby," a moving portrait of an African-American woman and her child now part of the North Carolina Museum of Art's permanent collection. Yet at least one of the estate's collection of family artifacts has turned up missing: a let- ter written by Wiley Daniel Jones while he was a Union prisoner of war. Believing the North would win the war, he suggested a new kitchen be built while slaves were still available. "We have lost the letter, Massenburg said. "It was here once." In one bedroom of Oakforest, a sleigh bed, with its scrolled foot and headboards resembling a sled, echos the American Empire period of the early 19th century.

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