A Slave Who Came to Grinnell

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US-GCS DCL Coll-284 Row A CITY Grinnell Stories-2021-11-10

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A Slave Who Came to Grinnell



Grinnell Stories blog by Dan Kaiser
George Washington Stith
Slavery, Black Americans

Post title: A Slave Who Came to Grinnell….and Did Good!

Date published: November 10, 2021

Link to blog post: http://grinnellstories.blogspot.com/2021/11/a-slave-who-came-to-grinnelland-did-good.html

Drake Library Archive Digital File Name: Grinnell Stories/2021-11-10 A Slave Who Came to Grinnell....and Did Good!

Summary: George Washington Stith, born a slave in Warren Count Mississippi, came to Chester Township and later to Grinnell in 1866. G. W. Stith joined the Chester Congregational Church until 1868 when he transferred his membership to Grinnell Congregational Church in 1868 while he was enrolled at the Iowa College Preparatory Department. He returned to Mississippi in 1870 where he became a justice of peace teacher. Stith remained an important figure in his community; he intervened on behalf of the poor black community of Vicksburg during the Yellow Fever outbreak in the 1870s.

Benner, H.H.
Carter, Samuel C.
Chester Congregational Church
Delaney, Ned
Fisher, Edward
Grinnell Congregational Church
Grinnell Hazelwood cemetery
Hays, Daniel Fuss
Hays, John T.
Hays, Joseph
Hays, Jehu
Hays, Thomas
Hays, William M.
McKinney, Eliza (forner Eliza Hebron)
Miss Deborah Hays
Poweshiek County, Chester Township
Stith, Bertha
Stith, Estella
Stith, Gloria
Stith, Gorge Washington Stith (Stith, G. W.)
Stith, Harry
Stith, Henry
Stith, Julianna
Stith, Lawerence Washington
Stith, Lucy
Stith, Nathan
Stith, Sophia
Stith, Virginia

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