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James William Pearson (1890 - 1917)

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James William Pearson
1890 - 1917
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c. 1890
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September 8, 1917
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James William Pearson was born c. 1890. He died on September 8, 1917 at 27 years old.
Updated: September 30, 2013
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Rank: Second Engineer Regiment: Mercantile Marine Unit/ship/squadron: s.s. newholm (newcastle)
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James William Pearson passed away on September 8, 1917 at 27 years old. he was buried in Tower Hill Memorial, United Kingdom. He was born c. 1890. We have no information about James' immediate family.
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1890 - 1917 World Events

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In 1890, in the year that James William Pearson was born, on December 29th, the Wounded Knee Massacre occurred in South Dakota on the Lakota Pine Ridge Indian Reservation . The U.S. 7th Cavalry Regiment said that they rode into the Lakota camp "trying to disarm" the inhabitants. One person, Black Coyote - who was deaf - held onto his rifle, saying that he paid a lot of money for it. Shots rang out and by the end at least 153 Lakota Sioux - some estimates say 300 - and 25 troops had died. The site of the massacre is a National Historic Landmark.

In 1900, at the age of merely 10 years old, James was alive when a massive hurricane, known as the Great Galveston hurricane, hit Galveston Texas. Winds hit up to 145 miles an hour (category 4) and it remains the single most deadly event in U.S. history. Between 6,000 and 12,000 died (most estimates are around 8,000 dead). The population of Galveston at the time was about 36,000 people in 1900.

In 1917, in the year of James William Pearson's passing, on July 28, between ten and fifteen thousand blacks silently walked down New York City's Fifth Avenue to protest racial discrimination and violence. Lynchings in Waco Texas and hundreds of African-Americans killed in East St. Louis Illinois had sparked the protest. Picket signs said "Mother, do lynchers go to heaven?" "Mr. President, why not make America safe for democracy?" "Thou shalt not kill." "Pray for the Lady Macbeth's of East St. Louis" and "Give us a chance to live."

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