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July 15, 2018

Joseph Clifford

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Joseph Clifford of John Glen  High School takes first place in 2 of 3 events at Jessie Owens Track in June 2018.

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May 1, 2018

Newsletter of the Afro-AmericanArticle Published in the Historical Association of the Niagara Frontier

Photos from days gone by
Photos from days gone by
Hello Family,

This article was given to us by Reggie Spiller (via Clarence Spiller) published in the Newsletter of the Afro-American Historical Association of the Niagara Frontier. It includes our relative Daniel Clifford and his involvement to  what happened at Harper's Ferry and the John Brown Raid. Enjoy.


Bradford Daily Era
Thursday, May 5, 1887
 
John Brown’s Raiders
 
One of them Says the Slavery Fanatic    
            Was too impatient.
 
Rather a strange but interesting story is narrated by Daniel Clifford, a colored citizen of this place.  Clifford who is now lying sick and does not expect to recover, made the following statement to his physician a few days ago:      “When I was released from the Western penitentiary in the spring of 1855 I went to Canada and enlisted in a company then being organized by John Brown.  After our little band was organized we proceeded to Missouri, where Brown’s son was killed in an attempt to rescue certain slaves who had been sold and were being taken to Texas. In this conflict several of the slave owners’ were also killed.  After this we again returned to Canada, where we remained during the winter.  In the meantime Brown was actively engaged reorganizing our company and increasing our numbers.  In the spring, Brown returned to the United States and left Richard Reall and myself in charge of our organization in Canada.  By September 1859, our company in Canada numbered about seventy five well equipped men, and we were prepared to make our way in squads of ten through Pennsylvania into Virginia to meet Brown and his little army.  Brown was to let us know when and where we should meet him and was to have everything arranged for our attack on Harper’s Ferry.  The plan was that the negroes were, at the proper time, to rise up and come to our assistance.  The inhabitants were to be made prisoners, and were to be exchanged for slaves, and as the arsenal contained about 100,000
stands of guns, we could have equipped enough negroes to have killed every slave owner in Virginia before the United States troops could have been ready to move.”  ‘We were preparing to start for Virginia by the first of October, but on account of some difficulties we were delayed.  Brown was a very passionate, hot-headed man, and as we were to meet him by the 20th of October, but did not, I presume he thought if negroes in the neighborhood would come to his assistance he could take and hold the arsenal until we arrived.  When the raid proved a failure and there was no rising of the negroes, and Brown was captured, our organization disbanded for want of a leader. But had Brown been prudent enough to have waited until our arrival there is no doubt that our scheme would have been a success.” 
    
Clifford is about sixty years of age, tall, erect and a’most white.  In 1853 he and several other negroes were tried and convicted in this county for the murder of Lily Zimmerman.  Clifford with the rest was sentenced to five years imprisonment.  Although his story is not believed by many, yet there are many things that go to corroborate it.  His description of Brown and many things that occurred while he was in the West are accurately told, and the ho’d  and reckless character as well as the checkered life of Clifford go far toward corroborating his story. -----Pittsburgh            
                   
This 1887 Bradford, Pa. newspaper  article was donated to the Association by Clarence Spiller.

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December 3, 2017

Gone But Not Forgotten: Charles K. Clifford, Jr. (1957-2017)

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Charles Kenneth Clifford, Jr., age 59 of Zanesville, died Thursday, November 30, 2017 at Genesis Hospital, in Zanesville. He was born December 12, 1957, son of the late Charles and Louise (Harris) Clifford. He was a member of Norval Park Church of Christ. He loved to hunt, fish and enjoyed martial arts. He had a Martial Arts dojo in Cambridge, where he taught many students. He graduated from Cambridge High School and went on to serve our country in the Army. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle.
 
He was a loving father of his beautiful children LaTasha, Charles (Holly) III, Rachel (Manny); he is also survived by Richard (Denise), Matthew (Kathy), Aileen, Mark (Kelly), Luke (Jacki), Theresa, Sheila (Will); he leaves behind 10 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild; and his girlfriend Carol. He was preceded in death by his brother Stanlee.
 
Family and friends may call on the family Wednesday, December 6, 2017 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., services will follow at 1 p.m at Norval Park Church of Christ 845 Arch Street Zanesville. Minister Keith Kress officiating. BURRELL FUNERAL SERVICES is serving the family.

Published in the Times Recorder on Dec. 3, 2017

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January 1, 2017

Gone But Not Forgotten: Kenneth Cole

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Kenneth Cole of Atascocita, Texas, passed away Friday morning, June 12 2015 at his residence. Born and raised in Moorefield, West Virginia. He was the son of the late Angus and Christine(Kent) Cole. Two sisters and two brothers preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, Joyce, two son, Kenneth, Jr. of Lorain, Ohio, and Mark(Antonia)of Spring, Texas; two brothers: James (Carole)Cole of Lithonia, Georgia and Ronald(Betty)Cole of Columbus, Ohio; three sisters: Naomi Hughes of Altadena, California, Mary(John)Darr of Monroeville, Pennsylvania and Esther(Wilmer)Clifford of Lorain, Ohio, four grandchildren, three step grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and two step great grandchildren.

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October 24, 2016

Gone But Not Forgotten: Herb Kent

5 October 1928 - 22 October 2016
5 October 1928 - 22 October 2016
From a 10/23/2016 article on the CBS Chicago news site:

Chicago Radio legend Herb Kent has died. He was 88.

V103, 102.7 FM, The Chicago R&B radio station where Mr. Kent, nicknamed “The Cool Gent,” spent 27 years on air, announced early Sunday that he died Saturday (Oct. 22) evening.

Born Herbert Rogers Kent, the Chicago native was raised in the Ida B. Wells public housing development on the South Side of Chicago. He began his radio career at 16-years-old, when he was accepted into the highly competitive WBEZ Radio Workshops.

Mr. Kent’s first paid radio job was at WGRY in Gary, Indiana for $35 a week. Throughout his career he would become one of the first regular deejays on WVON, and work for WJJD, as well as serve as an instructor at Chicago State University.

He was an active voice in the Chicago leg of the Civil Rights Movement who hosted a program alongside Stevie Wonder for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s last visit to Chicago.

Mr. Kent’s nearly 70 years of experience in radio was celebrated this year as he was indicted into the National R&B Hall of Fame. Other inductees included Prince, Smokey Robinson, Fats Domino, Jimi Hendricks, Bobby Brown, Sam & Dave, among others.

In 2009, Mr. Kent was certified in the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest tenured deejay, 67 years on Chicago radio at the time.

In 1995 Mr. Kent was inducted into the Museum of Broadcasting’s Radio Hall of Fame. In Bronzeville, there’s a street named in his honor, “Herb Kent Drive.”

Funeral arrangements are pending.
 

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August 18, 2016

Danny Clifford Marriage

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Danny Clifford, son of Julian "Bud" and Betty Clifford, married James Graziano on March 12, 2016 in Tucson, Arizona. Congratulations to the happy couple!

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August 18, 2016

Michael Grandison Graduates

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Michael Grandison, son of Bradley Grandison, graduated from Capital University Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Arts Degree with a major in Business Leadership Management and a Minor in Music. Michael also spoke at the Kent-Clifford Reunion regarding his new ministry on college campuses. He is the grandson of Arthur Grandison and Phyllis Clifford. Congratulations, Michael!

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July 27, 2016

Luther Franklin Clifford, Jr. to Be Included in Negro League Book Project

1960 Brantford Red Sox: Franklin is standing second from the right in the back row. Photo and other info regarding his t
1960 Brantford Red Sox: Franklin is standing second from the right in the back row. Photo and other info regarding his time in Ontario can be found at http://attheplate.com/wcbl/index.html
The Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) has begun gathering authors to work on a new book project: The End of an Era: The 1948 Homestead Grays, Birmingham Black Barons, and the Last Negro League World Series. The volume will contain player, manager, owner, and stadium biographies, as well as articles about that season’s two East-West All-Star Games, the NAL and NNL playoffs, and the historic last Negro League World Series. One of the biographies will be on Luther Franklin Clifford, Jr., great grandson of Isaac Clifford and Elizabeth Jane Redman and son of Luther F. Clifford and Effie Barnes.

Known as Franklin to the family, in baseball he was known as Shanty Clifford, who played for the Homestead Grays and Kansas City Monarchs in the Negro League and later for Galt/Cambridge Terriers and Brantford Red Sox in the Intercounty Baseball League in Ontario, Canada.

Franklin was also mentioned in A Sporting Chance: Achievements in African-American Atheletes by William Humber. There is even a photo of him rounding the bases while playing in the Dominican Republic. A Sporting Chance is available on Google Books and Franklin is mentioned on pages 57 - 59.

The book will more than likely be out some time in 2017. We look forward to seeing the story of our cousin in print!

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June 3, 2016

Gone But Not Forgotten: Thomas S. Bruce

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Thomas S. Bruce, 71 of Hillcrest Heights, MD passed away at Washington Hospital Center on May 25.

The son of the late Isiah and Mary (Howard) Bruce, Steve was born in Medley WV on July 21, 1945. He was proceeded in death by two sisters, Rosa Hollingsworth and Evelyn Thomas, and four brothers, Virgil, Ashton, Milford, and James Bruce.

After graduating from Petersburg High School, Steve attended Shepherd College and later attended DC Teachers College where he graduated in 1973. In 1977 he earned a Master’s degree from the University of District of Columbia.

Steve was employed by the US Postal Service, and later by the DC Police Force, where he retired.  After retirement from the police force, Steve worked for the US Marshalls' Service. During the dedication ceremony of the E. Barrett Prettyyman Courthouse, Steve was awarded a certificate of appreciation for outstanding service. He was a member of the Iverson Mall Walkers and a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church.
Steve is survived by his former wife and good friend Margo Bruce of Ft. Washington, MD; one daughter, Sabrena Bruce of Ft. Washington, MD; two sons, Thomas S Bruce Jr (wife Olga) of Upper Marlboro, MD, Shaun Bruce  of Temple Hills, MD; four grandchildren, Isaiah Bruce, Lauren Bruce, Joshua Mason, Logan Furtelli; two brothers, Marvin Bruce (wife Cheryl) of Mitchellville, MD and Ernest Bruce of Columbus, OH; one sister Frances Mabin (husband Ray) of Keyser WV; and a host of friends and relatives.

 

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May 9, 2016

Gone But Not Forgotten: Melva Jean (Clifford) Perry

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Age 84, of Clairton, Pennsylvania, died Wednesday, March 9, 2016, at home. Born June 25, 1931, in Clairton, daughter of the late James Ward and Maude (Payne) Clifford; also preceded in death by her daughter, Lori Perry. Graduate of Clairton High School, former member of First AME Church, Clairton, Shelby Chapter 59 O.E.S. and Women's Auxiliary James Roster Post 817 American Legion. First African American sales clerk at local Skapik's department store and also worked as a Dispatcher for the Penn Cab Company. Surviving are daughter, Cynthia Lynne Perry of Clairton; two grandsons, Tech. Sgt. Edward Johnson III of Weisbauden, Germany and Tyler Williams of Penn Hills; sister, Lucretia Brooks and brother, Phillip Clifford both of Clairton; other relatives. Friends will be received Monday, March 14, 2016, from 4-8 p.m. at the ROBERT A. WATERS FUNERAL HOME, INC., 449 Mitchell Ave., Clairton, where funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 15, 2016, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Jessie Brooks officiating. Interment will follow in the Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth, PA. Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on March 12, 2016.

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