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date: 07 March 2021

Walls, Josiah Thomaslocked

(30 December 1842–15 May 1905)
  • Charles W. Carey , Jr.

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Walls, Josiah Thomas (30 December 1842–15 May 1905), black Reconstruction congressman, was born near Winchester, Virginia. His parents’ names are unknown and Walls’s public statements regarding his parents’ status during slavery are contradictory. Quite possibly he was born the slave of Dr. John Walls, a Winchester physician, but his dark skin casts doubt on the premise that Dr. Walls was also his father....

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