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Michaux, Lightfoot Solomonlocked

(07 November 1884–20 October 1968)
  • Lillian Ashcraft-Eason

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Michaux, Lightfoot Solomon (07 November 1884–20 October 1968), radio evangelist, was born in Newport News, Virginia, the son of John Michaux, a fish peddler and grocer, and May Blanche. Lightfoot, whose ancestry was African, Indian, and French-Jewish, spent his formative years in Newport News among Jewish and white gentile merchants on Jefferson Avenue, the main commercial street where the Michauxs lived in quarters above the family’s store. He attended the Twenty-second Street School, quitting after the fourth grade to become a seafood peddler. Impressed with the town’s commercial atmosphere, he aspired to be a successful businessman. While engaged in one business venture, he met Mary Eliza Pauline, a mulatto orphan. They married in 1906; the couple had no children of their own but helped raise Michaux’s two young sisters....

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