Mollison, W. E.

W.E. Mollison was an early leader for equal rights in Mississippi and served as historical inspiration for noted activists like Henry Sias and Unita Blackwell.

W.E. Mollison was born in 1859 near Mayersville, Mississippi. Following attendance at Fisk University and Oberlin College, Mollison returned home and worked as a newspaper editor, served as superintendent of public schools for two years, and served as Issaquena County Chancery and Circuit Court Clerk from 1882 to 1892. In 1892, Mollison moved to Vicksburg, Mississippi, in Warren County, where he became a newspaper writer, practicing attorney, and Republican Party activist. From 1910 to 1920, Mollison lived in Chicago, Illinois, and continued to practice law. There he served as President of the Cook County Bar Association and Vice-President of the Anthropological Society.


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