The Negro Business League of Virginia meets in Suffolk (1907)

Negro Business League of Virginia 1907

“It will be remembered that in our last annual gathering, Suffolk was designated as the place of meeting this year. Wednesday, July 10th, was the time set for the opening of our meeting. The coming together of the Negro business men and women in these annual gatherings is doing much good to advance the interest of our race. It makes no difference how much wealth and prosperity there may be among the race, it cannot be very effective in giving the race power, influence and proper respect unless the progressive, business element get together in organizations – for in union there is strength.

We, therefore, call upon all the local leagues, all the business men and women, and those who follow professional, industrial and domestic pursuits, to meet us in Suffolk, July 10th, in our third annual gathering for the express purpose of taking into consideration those things which will tend to advance the cause of our race.

It is expected that some of the officers of the National Negro Business League will be present. We shall make an effort to have with us Dr. Booker T. Washington and Fred R. Moore.

Suffolk is a beautiful, wide awake hustling little city. Its colored population is progressive and engaged in many business pursuits. It is only twenty-three miles from Norfolk, and during the week of the Business League, we will go over to the Jamestown Exposition in a body and hold a session by the courtesy of the officers in the Negro Building.

Committee on Arrangements at Suffolk: John Marshall, Merchant; W. H. Crockett, Liveryman; M. B. Hucless. B. D., Ins.

Done by order of the Executive Committee:

W. F. Graham, Pres.

W. F. Denny, Asst. Sec

John T. Taylor, Recording Secretary

E. C. Brown, Cor. Sec.” – The Richmond Planet, Saturday, June 15, 1907

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William Thomas Fuller, M. D. (1866-1921)

Dr. W. T. Fuller, ca. 1908. Library of Virginia
Dr. W. T. Fuller, date unknown. Library of Virginia

Was Head of Bank – Many Citizens Join Family in Grief
Dr. W. T. Fuller, one of the leading physicians and businessmen of this section, died suddenly in his office in E. Washington street, here last Saturday. The exact cause of his death could not be learned.
Dr. Fuller was an academic graduate of Hampton Institute, Shaw University, Leonard Medical School, Raleigh, N. C. He came to this city from Danville, Va., and in a short time had built up a large practice. He was connected with many business ventures here. Chief among them was the Phoenix Bank of Nansemond, of which he was president. He became connected with this institution during its infancy and it has had a phenomenal success ever since. Today it is one of the most progressive banks of which the race can boast.
Dr. Fuller was in every sense a man who lived for his people. Always in the front ranks, he towered head and shoulders above the masses. No home into which he had not entered and administered to some member of this family. Few bedsides his loving hand and gentle voice, had not soothed and softened the pain which it was his pleasure to alleviate. The oldest citizens and those who knew him longest and best could not hide their sorrow. It is indeed a blow to the community.
He was fifty-five years of age, and leaves a loving wife and two daughters.
Funeral services were held at his home, 149 Pine street, Tuesday afternoon. The services were conducted by Rev. R. J. Butts. Burial was in his private lot in Oak Lawn Cemetery. The Mt. Vernon Lodge No. 48, A. F. and A. M., had charge of the remains.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, February 12, 1921
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