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Dr James Cameron

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Dr James Cameron

  • Birth 23 Feb 1914 La Crosse, La Crosse County, Wisconsin, USA
  • Death 11 Jun 2006 Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, USA
  • Burial Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, USA
  • Plot Block: 39, Lot 88, Grave 6
  • Memorial ID 14587674

Social Reformer. He founded America's Black Holocaust Museum. Born in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, he moved with his family to Marion, Indiana, where, at age 16, he was wrongly convicted as an accessory in the 1930 murder of a white man. He narrowly escaped a mob lynching which claimed the lives of the two accused who were his high school friends. He was paroled in 1935. Then moved to Detroit, Michigan where he worked for Stroh's Brewing Company and attended Wayne State University. In Madison, Wisconsin, he founded the local branch of the NAACP and two more chapters in Muncie and South Bend, Indiana. For the rest of his life he promoted civil rights in the face of racism, ignorance, fear and complacency by telling his life story. In 1983, he mortgaged his home to finance publication of his memoir, "A Time of Terror." He founded America's Black Holocaust Museum in Milwaukee in 1988, focused on preserving the history of lynching in the United States and the struggle to eradicate it. In 1991, he was finally pardoned by the State of Indiana. Died in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, from cancer (lymphoma).

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  • Originally Created by: Fred Beisser
  • Added: 12 Jun 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 14587674
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Dr James Cameron (23 Feb 1914–11 Jun 2006), Find A Grave Memorial no. 14587674, citing Holy Cross Cemetery & Mausoleum, Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .