W.C.Williams - W. C. WILLIAMS William C. ("Uncle Bill")...

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W. C. WILLIAMS William C. ("Uncle Bill") Williams, 89, born a slave on a Virginia plantation, whom the fortunes of war brought north to this city during the retreat of General Banks in the Civil War, died yesterday afternoon after a long illness at his home at 1332 Williams street. "Uncle Bill" was a giant Negro standing six feet one and weighing over 350 pounds. In his boyhood he knew the crooning of the old plantation melodies as the slaves gathered around the outbuildings in the evening. On Virginia Plantation As a chattel of Colonel Joseph H. Hoerner on a plantation in Fauquier county, Virginia, Uncle Bill made his way about the estate pulling up post fences for the master and doing stone mason work. Named Policeman With his freedom, the former slave became a hod carrier in this city until he was appointed as the first Negro city policeman by Mayor Cameron Wilson.1 He later became chief contractor in unloading coal boats that plied up the old canal from Steelton as far up as the State Hospital. Janitor at Calder School His last employment was as janitor of the Calder school, from which position he resigned seven years ago because of failing eyesight. Fifty years ago 'Uncle Bill' helped the late Daniel H. Potter found the Zion Primitive Baptist Church, in Marion street, where he was treasurer and one of the deacons until his death. He was also a member of G .U. O. of O. F., NO. 896.2 Widow Survives His survivors are his widow, Mrs. Eliza Williams, three sons, Newton, of Pittsburgh; Clarence and Robert, city; two daughters, Mrs. Lillie Crummel, and Mrs. (?Eli)za Alexander, also of this city. Son Ball Player
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This note was uploaded on 12/13/2011 for the course LITERATURE 105 taught by Professor Stevens during the Winter '11 term at Mitchell Community College.

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W.C.Williams - W. C. WILLIAMS William C. ("Uncle Bill")...

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