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Title Correspondence from John T Johnson to Estranged Wife Mary S Johnson
Author Johnson, Mary Stemons; Johnson, John T
Date 16 Jun 1912 - 11 Aug 1914
Document Type Correspondence; Manuscript
Reference MSS 12, Box 2, Folder 14
Library / Archive Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Collection Name James Samuel Stemons Papers, 1894-1922
Description Correspondence from John T Johnson, now working as a labourer across Kansas, to Mary S Johnson, his estranged wife. He discusses the death of their child, the hardness of the weather, his dedication to God and changing his ways, apologises for his treatment of her, and promises to send money to help her and her mother. He has given up his homestead in Nicodemus.
Series Description The collection documents Stemons' personal and professional life, and includes correspondence, printed materials, writings, clippings, a photocopy of a marriage licence to Arizona L. Cleaver, and the manuscript of his unpublished autobiographical novel.
Biographical Note / History James Samuel Stemons was born in Clarksville, Tennessee, and settled in Philadelphia c.1900. A postal worker, journalist and writer, he served as the editor of two short-lived African American newspapers: The Philadelphia Courant and The Pilot. He was also active in several civic organizations. An outspoken advocate for equal industrial opportunities for blacks, he lectured and published extensively on race relations. He served as field secretary of the Joint Organization of the Association for Equalizing Industrial Opportunities and the League of Civic and Political Reform.
Theme(s) Permanent Settlement and Successive Generations
Places La Crosse, Wallace, Junction City, Carbondale, Kansas, United States
Nationality African American
People Johnson, Mary Stemons; Johnson, John T
Keywords health, sickness, money, labour, marriage, death, religion
Additional Information Please note: Some of the metadata for this document has been taken from the Historical Society of Pennsylvania catalogue.
Language English
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