George W. Lewis papers, 1854-1897.

Creator: Lewis, George W., fl. 1854-1897.
Collection number: 4354-z
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Abstract: Letters and other items of George W. Lewis of Leaksville, Rockingham County, N.C., and, after about 1854, of Jackson and Brandon, Miss. Lewis was a merchant dealing primarily in dry goods. The papers document family concerns and business dealings, especially the purchase and transportation of merchandise from the North in the years after the Civil War. Some letters refer to the status of African Americans just after the Civil War.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: The collection includes a 27 November 1865 letter from John A. and Mary Lewis, George Lewis’s parents in Leaksville, about post-war conditions relating to business and politics, especially ramifications of new position of blacks. There is also a 1867 letter from unknown source at Salem Chapel, Forsyth County, North Carolina, about hard times and efforts being made to “disfranchise all the Respectable Whites and put Negroes in office.”