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Andre D. Vann

naval chaplain and professor, was born in Newport News, Virginia, the son of Thomas David and Edith Rosalie Seabrook Parham. His father was a banker and real estate executive and his mother a homemaker. Parham often remarked that he was named for his uncle Thomas, who lived with the Parham family, encouraged him to go into the ministry, and pastored a church in Durham, North Carolina. Late in his career Thomas Parham Jr. delivered a famous sermon on why he preferred his middle name over his first name. “There are three reasons I use my middle name rather than my first name: ‘Doubting Thomas, Peeping Tom, and Uncle Tom.’”

The Parham family moved to Durham, North Carolina in 1921 after Thomas D T D Parham Sr received a cashier s position at the Fraternal Bank and Trust Company of Durham North Carolina which later merged with the Mechanics ...


Daniel W. Hamilton

Reconstruction politician, civil rights leader, and murder victim, was born free in Kentucky, the child of parents of mixed ethnicity whose names are unknown. When he was a child Randolph's family moved to Ohio, where he was educated in local schools. In 1854 he entered Oberlin College's preparatory department, before attending the college from 1857 to 1862. At Oberlin Randolph received instruction both in the liberal arts and at the college's theological seminary. Soon after graduation he was ordained as a Methodist Episcopal minister. During the Civil War Randolph served as a chaplain in the Twenty-sixth Colored Infantry, which was dispatched to Hilton Head, South Carolina, in 1864.

After the war ended in 1865 Randolph applied for a position with the Freedmen s Bureau He was not initially given an appointment but was instead sent to South Carolina by the American Missionary Association a ...