Lot of 220+ Vintage African American History and Alaskan History Photos "Thomas Bevers Estate". This lot of photos is taken from the Thomas Bevers and Aquilla Matthews Family Estate.This lot features both pictures of Thomas Bevers himself and his fiancee, Aquilla Matthews. There are many that are related to Aquilla Matthews and her family history as well. This massive lot is filled with African American History and Alaskan History that you will not find again. In his late twenties, Bevers left Virginia to enlist as a soldier in the First World War at a time when the nations Armed Forces remained segregated.
In 1927, he became Chief of the Fire Department, and quickly garnered the support of his volunteer firefighters. He was Bi-Racial, half white/half African American, who passed as white for the entirety of his life after leaving Virginia. By that time though, Tom Bevers had accumulated the good will of his adopted community. Members of the local Elks Club and Masons lobbied to keep his remains in Anchorage and provide a proper funeral, a proposition to which his sister agreed. The Masons read the burial rites and laid Bevers to rest at the Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery, where one may find his gravesite today.Aquilla Matthews was engaged to Bevers prior to his death. She was originally from the same area as Thomas, in Danville, Virginia. At one time, some of the Bevers family who spelled their names Beavers boarded with the Matthews family, so it is very likely they grew up together. She may have lived in Anchorage for a short time as well. She worked for the USO in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and California. In the 1950s was noted in Jet Magazine as acquiring a good deal of property in Atlantic City, New Jersey due to Alaskan investments. She was also mentioned in Ebony Magazine in the 1970s as the first African American woman elected to the Atlantic City School board and later was the president of the body. She passed away in 1986. Bevers sister was never identified and it is entirely possible that Aquilla was mistaken as his sister. Please feel free to ask any questions. The item "Lot of 220+ Vintage Photos Bevers / Matthews Estate African American History" is in sale since Sunday, December 6, 2020.
This item is in the category "Collectibles\Photographic Images\Contemporary (1940-Now)\Other Contemporary Photographs". The seller is "oldalaskastuff" and is located in Anchorage, Alaska. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Antigua and barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Montserrat, Turks and caicos islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Peru, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Viet nam, Uruguay.