This photo of the Men’s Civic Club was taken in the home of one of its members in 1975. Though dated after the period of Black Wide-Awake, like this photo of the Book and Garden Club, it captures several men who came to prominence in Wilson’s African-American middle class in the first half of the 20th century.
Seated (all of whom were original members depicted in the 1941 photograph of the club):
- Spencer J. Satchell, educator.
- Edward M. Barnes, educator.
- Dr. George K. Butterfield Sr., dentist.
- Dr. Joseph F. Cowan, physician.
- William Hines, businessman, hospital administrator.
- Rev. Talmadge Watkins, Baptist minister.
- Separise P. Artis, business owner.
- Rev. Obra J. Hawkins, Presbyterian minister.
- Dr. Frank N. Sullivan Sr., physician.
- John W. Jones, educator.
- Milton M. Daniels, educator.
- John M. Miller Jr., educator
- Cleveland W. Lewis Sr., educator.
- Walter Stevens, educator
- Charles D. James, funeral home director.
- Elmer J. Cummings Sr., educator.
- Carl W. Hines Sr., educator.
- Frank E. Emory Sr., agricultural extension agent.
- Dr. Julian B. Rosemond Sr., dentist.
Any assistance identifying the other club members is much appreciated!
Photo from the collection of the late Susie Chavis Sullivan, courtesy of Frank N. Sullivan Jr. (who taught me to swim at Reid Street Community Center!) Thank you!