Chancellor James Williams

Chancellor James Williams

Birth
Bennettsville, Marlboro County, South Carolina, USA
Death 7 Dec 1992 (aged 98)
Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA
Burial Suitland, Prince George's County, Maryland, USA
Plot Section O Lot 618 Grave 5
Memorial ID 22148946 · View Source
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Chancellor James Williams Historian, Howard University Professor and author of the acclaimed book "The Destruction of Black Civilization" (1971).

The youngest of five children Williams left South Carolina at a young age to live in Washington, DC.

He earned his undergraduate degrees from Howard University and his doctorate from American University. In the 1950s he began doing field research in Ghana and other parts of Africa covering 26 countries and more than 100 languages. The research was concluded in 1964. Two years later he retired from his professorship at Howard and began the writing and compilation of his magnum opus "The Destruction of African Civilization: Great Issues of a Race From 4500 B.C. to 2000 A.D." which first saw print in 1971.

Dr. Williams was married twice. His first wife is buried near him, along with his oldest daughter and his mother. He was the father of thirteen children and had 36 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren at the time of his death.


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  • Created by: Nnamdi Azikiwe
  • Added: 13 Oct 2007
  • Find a Grave Memorial 22148946
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Chancellor James Williams (22 Dec 1893–7 Dec 1992), Find a Grave Memorial no. 22148946, citing Lincoln Memorial Cemetery, Suitland, Prince George's County, Maryland, USA ; Maintained by Nnamdi Azikiwe (contributor 46772969) .