London’s Primitive Baptist Church in Ruins

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London’s Primitive Baptist Church in better days.

Say Their Names: Reclaiming Wilson’s Slave Past

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Join us next month 2/7/2017 @ 7 pm in the WCPL assembly room for Lisa Henderson’s presentation: Say Their Names: Reclaiming Wilson’s Slave Past. If it is anything like her past presentations, it will be stellar.

Sgt. Joseph Alton Barnes, Engineer Gunner in WWII

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Sgt. Barnes is 4th from the left with a B-17 behind them.

Joseph Alton Barnes was recently featured in the Wilson Times for receiving his high school diploma at the spry age of 92 through a program called Operation Recognition.  Not long after the article appeared, Alton’s daughter, a staff member at WCPL, brought me his WWII photos to be digitized.  They will soon be on his page at Wilson County’s Greatest Generation: The Memories of the World War II Veterans of Wilson County, N.C. at DigitalNC.  But here are a few to hold you over.

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Mission Record

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Sgt. Barnes on a downed German plane (maybe a Junkers Ju-88 night fighter) in France.

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One of the B-17s Sgt. Barnes flew in combat.

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Another B-17 that Sgt. Barnes might have used.

 

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Part of the British, Chain Home coastal radar system?

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I’m not going to tell you what this is.

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Alton in training in Louisiana?

Freeman Family Album

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A photo from the Freeman family album online at Digital NC.  I am not sure who it is. It could be a young Oliver Nestus Freeman from his time at the Tuskegee Institute (then called Tuskegee Normal School) where he majored in the industrial arts.