It’s February and as a President of an Afro-American Historical Genealogical Society (AAHGS) Chapter in Central Virginia. I thought it would be appropriate to reblog the Archives article on James Dent Walker, founder of AAHGS. thank you.
In celebration of Black History Month the National Archives History Office is sharing stories of African American former employees and their influence on the institution. Today’s post comes from Kirsten Dillon.
James “Jimmy” Dent Walker, born June 9, 1928, in Washington, DC, was a well-known genealogical consultant at the National Archives. During his career, Walker built up the National Archives’ public standing as a place for genealogical research. He was particularly noted for his knowledge of military and pension records, and his ability to uncover sources important to African American genealogy.
However, Walker had a long and sometimes challenging path to his prominent position.
Walker worked at the National Archives on three separate occasions. The first time he was a self-described “lone messenger” while in high school during World War II. During the war, the National Archives employed people as young as…
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