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George Washington Williams

George Washington Williams. Civil War veteran, minister, and Ohio's first Black state legislator, Williams published the first formal history of the African American experience, "The History of the Negro Race in America, 1619-1880" (1883).


Dr. George Washington Williams, one of the first great African-American historians, through the Internet and film, has recently been brought back to our at

The other George Washington: George Washington Williams,19th century American Civil War veteran, minister, politician and historian, born 1849, Bedford Springs, PA. History of the Negro Race in America from 1619 to 1880; as Negroes, as Slaves, as Soldiers, and as Citizens (1882); A History of the Negro Troops in the War of the Rebellion (1887); Open letter to King Leopold II of Belgium asserting mass violations of human rights in Congo (1890).


George Washington Williams, depicted on autographed frontispiece of History of the Negro Race in America from 1619 to 1880. First black investigative reporter in the US.

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George Washington Williams and the Congo Genocide

George Washington Williams gravesite remained unmarked until 1975, when Franklin arranged for a tombstone to be placed over the grave. George Washington Williams: A Biography by John Hope Franklin, 1985


George Washington Williams’s Open Letter to King Leopold on the Congo, 1890 -