February 25, 1914 to June 11, 2006
Born in Lacrosse, Wisconsin
Civil Rights Activist, Author, Museum Director Recognized by the U.S. Senate in 2005 as the nation's oldest known survivor of a lynching
Cameron in the the Black
Cameron, who was born on February 25, 1914 in Lacrosse, Wisconsin, served over four years in prison. When he was paroled in 1935, Cameron actively began his crusade. From 1942 to 1950, he served as the Indiana State Director of Civil Liberties, investigating civil rights abuses and reporting on violations of the “equal accommodations” law to end previously mandated segregation. During this time, Cameron also founded three local chapters of the NAACP and served as the first president of the Madison County, Indiana chapter. After receiving numerous threats to himself and his family, Cameron moved back to Wisconsin in 1950, where he participated in the struggle to end segregated housing in Milwaukee. In the 1960s he took part in both Civil Rights marches on Washington.
Cameron wrote extensively about his experiences and civil rights issues. He published hundreds of articles and booklets detailing occurrences of racial injustices in the United States. In 1982, he took out a second mortgage on his house in order to print 5,000 copies of his memoir, A Time of Terror, which was later published by Black Classic Press.
In 1993, Cameron received an official pardon and public apology from the State of Indiana and returned to Marion that year to accept the key to the city. The pardon is on display at the museum and was among Cameron’s most prized possessions.
In June of 2005, the U.S. Senate formally apologized to Cameron and others for its failure to outlaw lynching.Cameron passed away on June 11, 2006, after a long illness.
James Cameron's Wikipedia page
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