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Documentary Film on Blacks in Hawaii
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My files show that a H.B. Williams left his ship in Apia, Samoa and opened a "grog shop". In 1865 Williams moved to Fiji and remained there until his death in 1909.
From Phylon, Vol43,1982,pp. 177-181:An article by Hazel McPherson who spent a year in Fiji researching Blacks in the Pacific Islands.
" A third part-Black American family identified by the author descended from H.B. Williams, a Black American "cooker" on a whaling ship from New Bedfford. Before arriving in in Fiji, Williams landed in Samoa where he was known as the "Black Prince" and where he operated a "grog" shop(i.e. rum) for a brief period. Upon arriving in Fiji, Williams was adopted by a local chief and subsequently given five Fijian women as wives. Willaims arrived in Fiji in 1865 and remained there until death in 1909. The family has in its possession a family bible containing the family tree, including the American branches."
Evidently there are relatives of H.B. Williams in Fiji. I have been fortunate to have met some of the descendents of African Americans who decided to remain in the islands in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
I hope this information is related to your family.
Miles M. Jackson
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