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Black History Month: The Drakefords
Family takes pride in patriarch's Confederate service
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Quay Drakeford (standing) and W. Guerry Felder, a genealogy researcher, meet at the Camden Archives and Museum to discuss new information on the life of Drakeford's grandfather, Washington Drakeford. - photo by Miciah Bennett
On June 15, 1929, an African-American man by the name of Washington Drakeford died while sitting in a chair in his home, just 15 miles north of Camden. According to his obituary, published in the Camden Chronicle on June 28, 1929, Drakeford died at 87 years of age and was “as bright and alert as one of younger years” up until a few weeks before his death. Who is this man called “Uncle” Wash Drakeford and what is his significance?

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