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Sat, 07.08.1922

Nathaniel Stewart Sr., Soldier and Activist born

Nathaniel Stewart

*Nathaniel Stewart was born on this date in 1922. He was a Black soldier and activist. Stewart was from Ft. Motte, S.C., the son of Willie and Emily Stewart. As a young man, he served his country in World War II as a Tuskegee Airman, ranked Second Lieutenant in the 99th Pursuit Squadron. He served as a fighter pilot U.S. Army Corps' 553rd Fighter Squadron in Selfridge, Michigan, from 1942-1946. Stewart became the first African American to hold a senior position at Philadelphia General Hospital as Director of Pharmacy.

His wife, Viola DuVall Stewart, also made history in educational justice in South Carolina in 1945, when her equalization pay case became the law. He and his wife supported Dr. Martin L. King by attending the "I Have a Dream Speech." A Congressional Record was bestowed in their honor, in 2010, by Congressman James Clyburn. The Stewarts have bestowed the honor by being presented in the State of South Carolina Department of Education African American Calendar in 2020.

In the military, he once survived a plane crash while serving. His family donated his parachute to the African American Historical Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Nathaniel and Viola Stewart had two sons, Dr. Louis Stewart and Nathaniel Stewart, Jr., and five grandchildren. Nathan Stewart died on April 6, 2000, aged 77.

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