Mary Lee Brady, Ph.D.
William Lee, born abt 1876 was one of the famed Buffalo soldiers of the 10th Cavalry Regiment, and served in Cuba and possibly World War I duties in France... albeit another possibility is that he was a cousin to victim of the lynching that occurred in Hinton, West Virginia in year 1900.
Whatever the truth might be new generation writers have a moral obligation to know that his life mattered to someone and perhaps a lot of people literally hated by writers like Alice Walker. Rich and famous but well remembered in literary history as a gifted and talented woman who hated Black men and even Black boys. Projecting herself in the 21st century on public television as a supporter of Dr. King's Civil Rights movement does not hide contents of her character.
The late in life efforts to remove literary lynching of Black men in America's past is an unforgiveable affront to men who mattered and helped generate the American future that ought matter to women like her.
William Lee is such an example and why we care that writers understand that so many men like him in war and peace did their best in service of country imagining themselves to be part of a greater movement for integration that opened doors for women like Alice Walker. She made a special effort in her book to portray Black men as cowardly (made Oprah heroic) in an era when a lot died in war and peace to prove they were not. The real problem is that a lot men and women writers and actors believed their own hype about who has courage.
William Lee Lynching
"United States Census, 1900," William Lee, ED 110 Holquin Field Staff & C Staff 10th Calvary, Cuba, Armed Forces - Foreign Countries, United States
|name:||William Lee |
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|event date:||1900 |
|event place:||ED 110 Holquin Field Staff & C Staff 10th Calvary, Cuba, Armed Forces - Foreign Countries, United States |
|birth date:||Oct 1876 |
|relationship to head of household:|| |
|father's birthplace:||District Of Columbia |
|mother's birthplace:||District Of Columbia |
|race or color (standardized):||Black |
|marital status:||Single |
|years married:|| |
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|sheet letter:||B |
|family number:|| |
|reference number:||59 |
|film number:||1241838 |
|digital folder number:||004119088 |
|image number:||00342 |
Citing this Record
"United States Census, 1900," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M318-HZQ : accessed 17 Sep 2012), William Lee, ED 110 Holquin Field Staff & C Staff 10th Calvary, Cuba, Armed Forces - Foreign Countries, United States; citing sheet 11B, family , NARA microfilm publication T623, FHL microfilm 1241838.