On 1 September 1887, John H. Williamson of the North Carolina Industrial Association wrote Samuel H. Vick seeking his assistance. Vick was head of the Wilson County chapter of the association, and this letter is found at the Freeman Round House and Museum:
My Dear Sir:
I shall be present in your city and address the people Sept. 8, 1887, on the Fair and progress of the race.
Will you please aid in securing a place for speaking and see that a large audience is obtained as I desire to talk to them on what I consider a great question effecting their welfare. I have sent hand bills.
Yours most truly,
Jno. H. Williamson, Sect.