In American cities today, there are
At-Risk youth populations that have higher
fatality rates than any of the our
4 branches of U.S. Military
serving in current war zones!
What should our response be?
Ours is to Honor & Educate!
Teach Delayed Gratification
& Reconcillation Skills
Instill courage to do the right thing.
Bring Your Lunch & Join
Mrs. Teresa R. Kemp & Ms. Sonya Hodges
State Museum Building
SC Confederate Relic Room and Military
301 Gervais Street * Columbia, SC
“WWI Lunch and Learn” Session
on February 26, 2016 at 12:00 noon
For more information click here or call
Mr. Joe Long Phone: 803-737-8095 or
Mrs. Teresa R. Kemp
(803) 618-2250 or (404) 468-7368
Free & Open to the Public
Handicapped Accessible * Free Parking
Thank you for the support
11/ 01/2015 to 12/11/ 2015
Atlanta-Fulton County Public Library
Exhibit was a Great Sucess!
We learned a lot at the Youth Programs:
November 10th 10:30 am & 4:30 pm
Plan to Get Our New Book Coming Soon!
Strother Sacrifice & Service
Union & Confederate American
Civil War Records
To teach and understand the
diverse roles of the American Civil War.
Read our book, it is a great gift for libraries, teachers, reenactors, genealogist and Strother decendants!
"Keeper of the Fire:
An Igbo Metal Smith From Awka"
Serena M. Strother Wilson & Dr. Johnston A. K. Njoku
Click book to Order:
Put in these Codes for a 30% Discount
Color Discount Code:
Full Color Copy (477) Cost: $89.95
Black & White (477 pages): $29.95
Narratives of American Revolutionary War patriots to
Civil War's Contraband and the impacts on Slavery
World wide naval participation and maps of the world,
Ethics, Forgiveness, Comradery,
Honor ALL Veterans who serve
Click on Mrs. Teresa Kemp's Photo
below to join in her
On-line "American Civil War History"
Interview & Discussion:
Click below for Link to National Archive's
Military History Program Today
USA Call Ms. Teresa Kemp at:
+1 (803) 618-2250 or +1 (404) 468-7368
Join Sonya Hodges, Military Historians
The 371st Historical Society &
The World War I - 369th Historical Society's
As we honor our past & present veterans.
For more information contact
Ms. Sonya Hodges
Phone: (803) 361-6444
See You There!
We celebrate the service and lives of
Lr. Col. Samuel Washington Jr. (retired)
Service Was Monday, January 13, 2014
The family and friends of US Army retired Lt. Col Samuel Washington Jr. has invited the Patriot Guard Riders to stand in silent respect for their American hero. The funeral service will be at Bethel AME Church, 501 W. Orange Ave., Tallahassee, Florida.
Col. Acie McGhee (retired)
Dr. Howard Lee Wilson (Lt. Col. retired)
Lt. Col. Leroy Eley
one of the founders of the
Atlanta Chapter Tuskeegee Airman. Inc.
A Comment about
Mrs. Teresa R. Kemp's
"Sacrafice & Service Vetreran's Program"
"Thank you for your time and a great Veteran's Program.
We very much appreciated your input in arranging the
honorable Guests Veterans. I know that you have a
number of demands on your schedule right now, so the
fact that you took as much time as you did
to provided us with such an excellent
Veteran's Day Program is even more welcome."
A special thanks goes out to:
Mr. Paul Bolton/ Buffalo Soldier
Mr. Leroy E. Eley Sr./ Tuskegee Airman
(Origingal member of Atlanta TAI Chapter)
Mr. Samuel A. Jones Jr./ Tuskegee Airman
A Job Well Done!!!!
We would love to have you all and the Veterans back at the
Central Library for another program soon."---
Atlanta Fulton County Central Librarian
To Locate where a veteran is buried start your search
For Tombstones, Replacement Medals
Flags, Roosters of Confederate, WWI & WWII
or for more information contact Sonya Hodges at
Our Military History Programs:
"How To Find Military Service of Your Ancestors"
"How To Find Civil War Ancestors"
"Sacrifice & Service"
Revolutionary War thru Vietnam Wars
"Preserving Your Family Treasures"
"'Photographic Memory Quilts"
We share with patrons:
How to find your ancestors who served in the military
or provided services to the military
Exhibits include our Family's
Military History Photos & Artifact Collections
Hands on activities while exhibiting our artifact,
photos, documents and 500
Confederate States of America Documents &
CSA Legislation Collections
How to care for and exhibit your collections
Getting other family members or
youth interested in your community or
family military history
Events coming up are at the bottom of the page.
Above far right, Serena Strother Wilson
was selected as Ms. ROTC
at West Virginia State College in 1955.
They are shown here at the annual
WVSC ROTC BALL
Military Service of my
(Check back often I will be adding info weekly)
Militia Information & Links
He is the son of William Strother &
Margaret Thornton. This William was the son
of William Strother I, the Immigrant born
1620 - 1630 and died in VA in 1702 and
his Wife was Dorothy.
SAR Number 88947
Joyce Sheppard Strother’s
(my great grandfather's David Richardson Strother's
grandmother) line of descent is given as follows:
Joyce’s parents are James Sheppard born: 1737, died: 1791
Married: 1759 to Jannet Riddle, born: 1742 died: 1820.
Frances Joyce "Joicy” Sheppard born
October 29, 177- Edgefield County, SC
married William Strother in Edgefield County,
South Carolina he died: Feburary 24th , 1841 in
Edgefield County, South Carolina.
SAR Number 21211
Revolutionary War Service:
In Pleaons (Phelmons) Waters Company, Newbury SC
Sub index No. 2645 of Book
Index issued by the State of South Carolina in payment
of claims against said state growing out of
War of the Revolution as follows:
No. 2646, Issued May 3rd, 1783, L 45-11;
stub to Mr. James sheppard for duty in
Waters Regiment, Acct. audited.
Principal L45-11; interest 4-3-3
James Sheppard is the same ancestor through whom
NSDAR memberships 285777 and 285382 were
approved and issued by the
Daughters of the American Revolution.
WAR of 1812
William Strother's information as recorded in
his bounty land file, War of 1812,
Served in Co. commanded by
Capt. William Watson and Regiment
Col. Abner Womack at the
Navy Yard, St. Tammany, La.
Click the Tumblr button for our Miilitary History Blog &
Artifact Collection Photos
We originally present the Civil War Military
History programs as it pertained to
"Methods of Escape" for enslaved people.
Research question about African & African-American
Confederate Soliders - Were they in CSA service?
Did they or their heirs file for and recieve
pensions from the Confederated States of America?
African Americans who escaped from their
master's plantations and went to the
Union Army were call "Contraband".
There were over 1,000 Africian-Americans who
lived in the South that were
already free before 1861.
"Your Civil War ancestor may not be a man .."
---- T. Kemp
Harriet Tubman was one of the
many scouts, spies and nurses
among other women that played
a major or supportive roles in the
war efforts. Some dressed
as men and fought.
Slaves who were pressed into service for the
Confederate side were promised their freedom.
Slaves who left their masters plantations when the
Union Army marched through the south were
called "contraband" and some joined the Union Army
troops and fought.
While researching for the program I realized my family
had contributed to the War Effort on both sides!
I then began to tell their strories also.
Most of my Civil War Ancestors were not
African American and yours may not be men.
58 of my family members fought in the
Civil War on the Union Side
and 160 of my family members fought in the
Civil War for the
Confederate States of America.
Alexander Strother, B. Strother, B. F. Strother. B. H. Strother,
B. T. Strother, Bailey Strother, Columbus Strother, Cook Strother,
C. N. Strother, C. H. Strother, C. W. Strother, Charles Strother,
D. H. Strothers, Daniel W. Strother, David C. Strother
David Strother ,David Hunter Strother, David Richardson Strother,
Eli Strother, Elzey Strother, Emswiler Strother, Ford Strother,
French Strother, F. S. Strother, George A. Strother, G. G. Strother,
George W. Strother, M. Strother, Gray Strother, Hartley Strother,
Heavener Strother, Horn Strother, James L. Strother,J. D. Strother
J. E. Strother, J. H. Strother, J. L. Strother, J. M. Strother
(Company G, 42 AL Infantry), John M. Strother,John Strother
(Company 26, 31 AL Infantry), John Strother (Company A,
59 AL Infantry), John Strother (OP of Instructor Talladega)
John T. Strothers, Jordan Strother, Josiah Strother, J. T. Strother
Mat Strother (Company K, 19 & 20 Consolidated TN Cavalry),
Polard Strother, Renick Strother, Reuben Strother,
Robert P. Strother, Stephen Strother, Stephen Strother Jr.
(Parks Comp VA Cavalry), Thomas Strother
(Private Co. G 9th KY Mtd. Infantry), Thomas (JT) Strother
(Co. A, 14th TN Infantry), T. H. Strother, Tidwell Strother
Vaughn Strother, W. B. Strother, W. D. Strother,
W. H. Strother, Walter C. Strothers, W. J. Strother, William Strother
( Private Company G 16th Reg’t. VA Cavalry), William Strother
Private Parks’ Company Virginia Cavalry, William T. Strother
I am continuing to add them and organize the
documents for each still in existance.
Check back often I will add them soon.
Above my greatgrand father David Richardson Strother (CSA)
(On right ) My Union relative David Hunter Strother
I will be adding the 100+ others and the Military
document holdings of our collections
Spanish American War
World War I
Frank Eugene and Julian Strother & John DeVore served in WWI
the Bulls & Eichelburgers were also in the 371st Colored Troops
Lymus Bull was in the WWI US Army 371st.
Born in 1896 in Columbia SC. He was 22 yrs in 1918.
Joe Bull was in the WWI US Army 156th Depot Brigade.
Born in 1895, he lived in Columbia, SC
at the time of enlistment.
Joe was born in St. Matthews, SC.
Robert Bull was in the WWI US Army 156th Depot Brigade.
Robert was born in 1896 in Columbia, SC.
He was 22 years old & 5 months in 1918.
Joseph Bull was in the WWI US Army 156th Depot Brigade.
He was born in 1894 in St. Matthews, SC.
In 1918, he was 24 yrs. old.
Harry H. Bull was in the WWI US Army 156th Depot Brigade.
Born on Aug 25, 1894, in Columbia, SC.
Robbie, Bull was in the WWI US Army 156th Depot Brigade.
He was born 12/20/1895.
He lived in Bowman, SCat the time of his enlistment.
He was born in Holly Hill SC.
He died of Bronchial Pneumonia in Camp Sevier, SC.
The 371st fought in the last battles of WWI,
they were honored by France.
The 371st Colored Troops were in the
396th Harlem Hellfighters (called "Blue Helmuts")
The WWI US Army's 371st Colored Troops
were the 1st to use Mustard Gas.
They were given medals by France but were not
recognized by the United States of America until 2011.
(See photo below)
Freddy Sowers was honored in 1988 for service in WWI.
In 2011, my mothers uncles, brothers
and relatives were honored May 2011 by (click to view order)
US Congressional Order
Red Hand Patch of the 371st US Infantry (Colored)
For more information click on
hand below for unit history,
photo of monument with names of thoes
who fell in France
Frank, Edwin, Julian Strother
(3 of my mother Serena's brothers),
David, Jullian, Eddie (3 of her uncles)
& the Bulls & Eichelbergers (5 of her cousins)
fought in the 371st US Infantry Colored Troops.
The 371st did basic training at Camp Jackson
located outside Columbia, SC.
World War II
(Above) Joseph Abrams
(Pictured above) Roy Jefferson
(Above) Charles "Thomas" Fuller
(Above) Fred Strother
Other family in WWII listed below
Calvin Kemp Sr., Langston Austin, his brother
Calvin McDaniel & Joseph Abrams
Jessie William Austin served in WWII,
he was born July 19, 1921 in Coopers, WV
He died in Greenbriar, WV on March 4, 1960.
Korea & Vietnam
(Above) Howard L. Wilson &
(Below) his older brother Junior Wilson
Other service men in our family:
Benamin "Benny" Strother & Howard A. "Tony" Wilson
Roland Belcher & Calvin G. Kemp Jr.
Ltc. Col. Howard Wilson was inducted into the
WVSU ROTC Hall of Fame
14 Generals have come out of the ROTC Department at
West Virginia State University. The Tuskeegee Airman
trained at WVSC prior to Tuskeegee Institute
getting a Federal Land Grant.
One of the WVSU instructors taught them to fly
in his personal plane.
Mrs. Wendy Whitehurst
Links & Events you should visit:
Ohio Fight for the Colors
Ohio Civil War Sites & Museum Links
Kennasaw Mountian National Battlefield Park
Visit an excellent Military Program's website
my long time friend sent me
Houston Independant School JROTC Progam website
MOTTS Military Museum
"Preserving America's military heritage
Colonial Era to Iraqui Freedom"
(Other events for the whole family will be added
to calendar as details are confirmed)
Join Teresa Kemp's Family & Sonya Hodges
as we travel to Columbia, SC honor the
WWI Men of the 371st Colored Troops Feb. 7th, 2015
Mon. Dec. 15th, 2014 Battle of Nashville
During the Battle of Nashville (December 1864),
nearly 13,000 black soldiers aided
in the defeat of the Confederates.
Nashville Blacks in the Civil War Marker
_ Nashville , Tennessee.
Thursday, Jan. 15th, 2015 Capture Fort Fisher
Following several hours of determined resistance
and the committal of five more Federal regiments
(including U.S. Colored Troops).
The Confederate defenders were overwhelmed.
"Capture! Marker _ Kure Beach in
New Hanover County, North Carolina
Wednesday, Feb. 18th, 2015 U.S.C.T.
Charleston, SC Liberation Day.
Sunday, Feb. 22nd, 2015 U.S.C.T. Wilmington,
North Carolina Liberation Day.
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