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Rachel L. Jones Williams

conservationist, landscaper, and the first African American forester in the United States, was born in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, the fifth of six children born to Alcinda (Dickson) a homemaker, and the Reverend John Calvin Brock, an educator and minister in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church. Reverend Brock was a veteran of the Civil War, serving as quartermaster sergeant of Company F of the 43rd Pennsylvania Regiment. The Brock family moved throughout south central and south eastern Pennsylvania, settling in West Chester, Pennsylvania, around 1890. Four of the six Brock children (including Ralph) were known to be college educated and active in the community. Maria L. (8 May 1879–1968) taught in the West Chester School District for over thirty years; she was the English and Elocution teacher of the civil rights campaigner, Bayard Rustin and bequeathed the family home to the Charles A Melton Arts ...

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Louise Roger

a member of the British Honduras Forestry Unit (BHFU) in Scotland during World War II, was born on 18 February 1910 in Punta Gorda Belize then known as British Honduras The sixth of eleven children born to Francisco and Estephana Martinez his birth name was Simon James Peter but he was commonly known as Sam He lived his early years in the village of Barranco ten miles south of Punta Gorda where the language and culture of the Garifuna who were originally from the island of St Vincent and of mixed African and indigenous Caribbean descent was still prevalent His parents worked on banana plantations and Martinez remembered the material poverty of his family and most of the local population It is not clear why or when the family moved to Belize City but Martinez went to a Baptist school there following a curriculum promoting loyalty to the British ...