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Saturday, January 15, 2005

Former slave Winter built business empire

What can you tell me about Lewis Winter? He was an emancipated slave who established a successful business in Nashville and was on the board of Wilberforce (Ohio) University. I also understand he owned a bank in Nashville. What was its name? Are his descendants still in the Nashville area? — Sandra Jordan, St. Louis, Mo. Lewis Winter's amazing story leads from slavery to unimagined success in an era when prosperity was difficult for white Nashvillians and highly rare for anyone from an oppressed race. Born in 1839 and enslaved as a child, Winter built a wholesale produce company into a thriving business and helped start two Nashville financial institutions to aid other African-Americans. Full Story:


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