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Robert and Mabel Williams Preservation Project

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Radio Free Dixie Poster


During our recent trip to Detroit we began to assess and plan the preservation of Robert, Mabel and John Williams’ artifacts, papers, audio and video materials and more. Here are some pictures of a couple of the amazing artifacts we were able to engage. We’ve already done sizable work around preserving the legacy of both Robert and Mabel, and this current effort continues a long political and personal relationship with the family.

Portrait of Robert and Mabel Williams

Spending time in the Williams family home in Baldwin, MI was an amazing experience. Seeing the family’s thousands of books, sorting canisters of Black and White 16mm film from China and organizing boxes of correspondence and personal papers not only allowed me to see an enormous wealth of history, but also to get a glimpse of the personal side of Robert and Mabel, often unseen in documentaries or written about in books. We are truly grateful to Lisa Williams for her constant guidance, support and love. Stay tuned for further updates on our work to preserve the Williams family’s legacy including assisting in releasing a three memoirs (Robert, Mabel and John); a complete set of transcripts and recordings of Radio Free Dixie and a complete reprint of the Crusader newsletter. You can check out our archival collection here.


Protest the US Post Office Ban Against the Crusader Stamp

Baldwin, MI









Mabel Williams Presente!

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We are very saddened mabel williamsto learn of the passing of Mabel Williams, the legendary African-American activist, who, with her husband Robert F. Williams, fought for and carried out the right of armed self-defense against the vicious attacks of the Ku Klux Klan, militantly represented the liberation struggle of her people during exile in Cuba, China, and Africa, and continued her active lifelong engagement in social justice struggles upon their return to the US. Although often overshadowed by her husband, Mabel Williams has made lifelong contributions in her own right and this needs to be recognized and celebrated.We’ve had the good fortune to work closely with Mabel on several documentaries and events, and we’re honored to present audio and video clips in special tribute. (http://www.freedomarchives.org/Mabel.html) Our thoughts and support is with the Williams family.

Rest in Power Mabel Williams
Services for Mabel Williams will be held in Detroit and Monroe, NC:
In Detroit services will be held Friday April 25th at Saint Paul AME Church – Family Hour from 2-2:30 and the Funeral will be at 2:30pm.

In Monroe – The viewing will be at the Harris Funeral Home – Sunday April 27th 12-7pm and the Internment will be at the Hillcrest Cemetery – Monday April 28th at 11am.

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