Clara Adams-Ender — from sharecropper to general

Clara Mae was 4 years old when her Daddy took her out to the barn. She wasn’t big enough to pick tobacco yet, but her Daddy said she was big enough to milk Daisy.

She looked up at that cow, and it seemed to be the size of an elephant. She had watched her Mama milk the cow. All she had to do was pull on one of the teats, and milk would spurt out. Except that’s not exactly how it worked. It took her Daddy an hour to teach her how to milk the cow properly.

Clara Mae was born in Willow Springs, N.C., on July 11, 1939. She was

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