Most popularly known as the author of History of the Negro Race in America, widely considered the first objective history of blacks in the US, George Washington Williams is famous for the oral histories he capturing detailing the experiences of black Americans during the American Civil War. In addition to being an author, pastor and attorney, he was a legislator. A Republican, in 1879 he became the first black to serve in the Ohio legislature.
Thomas Palmer Musket | Museum of the American made by Philadelphia gunsmith Thomas Palmer, is believed to have been one of the forty muskets ordered by George Washington in January 1775 for the Prince William County Independent Company in Virginia. The First Continental Congress (September-October 1774) tried to secure the repeal of the “Intolerable Acts” by creating the Continental Association in order to enforce a boycott of British imported goods. Local “committees of safety” were charged…
George Washington Williams. Civil War veteran, minister, Republican, and Ohio's first Black state legislator, Williams published the first formal history of the black experience, "The History of the Negro Race in America, 1619-1880" (1883).
George Washington William Joseph Williams (1759-1823) Pastel on paper, 1794 71.1 x 55.8 cm (28 x 22 in.) Alexandria-Washington Masonic Lodge No. 22 Ancient, Free, and Accepted Masons, Alexandria, Virginia Image courtesy Alexandria-Washington Masonic Lodge No. 2