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Born off the coast of South Carolina on Cat Island, Ernest Grey (189-n.d.) spent his childhood moving among family members in Georgia and South Carolina. Never learning how to read or write, Grey worked as a farm laborer. Around 1916 he found free transportation to Philadelphia, where he lived the rest of his life. Grey did not return to South Carolina until 1982, when a church-sponsored trip enabled him to meet relatives he had not seen in close to 70 years.