The obituary of Dr. Joseph H. Ward.

The Indianapolis Star, 13 December 1956.

Wilson native Dr. Joseph H. Ward passed away in Indianapolis in December 1956. Read more about him here and here.

A letter in which W.E.B. DuBois expresses his support of the selection of Dr. Ward to receive the Spingarn Medal in 1933. (It instead went to Y.M.C.A. missionary Max Yeargan.)

Iconic photograph of Major (later Colonel) Joseph H. Ward during his World War I service, from Emmett J. Scott’s The American Negro in the World War (1919).

Document courtesy of Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963. Memorandum from W. E. B. Du Bois to Spingarn Medal Award Committee, January 2, 1933. W. E. B. Du Bois Papers (MS 312). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.


  1. Hmm. Future marker perhaps? Certainly worthy of discussion.

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      1. Just saw this Lisa. My paternal Grandma, Lona Ward Wellington (1908-1971) (of whom I knew very well as a teenager) , was born in Green County and lived in Wilson all of her adult life. Her parents were William Ward and Olivia Anderson, whom I never met because of their transitioning before I was born.

        I have often thought about where my Ward family may have been established….may have been that very plantation in Stantonsburg. I remember my grandma and mother telling me that Great Grandpa William Ward was a “barnyard Principal”. (was never sure of the origin of that title except that he tried to teach the children)

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