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Black Fusionist Society

By Antoine Williams


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History

As shots rang out on the evening of Nov. 10th,1898 to signal the onslaught of death and despair brought on by the Wilmington massacre, a group of Black women, who mostly worked as nannies, and house servants, gathered some of the neighborhood children and fled to Pine Forest Cemetery and hid in the swamps nearby for two weeks. While in hiding, the women kept the children’s spirits up by telling stories and singing hymns such as “New Jerusalem” with lyrics like “When the battle is over we will cross over to Jerusalem”.

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After thirteen days of hiding, five of the women gathered supplies by night then escaped with eleven children through the woods. Those women and children went on to start a secret society that came to be known as The Black Fusionist Society (BFS) in a small rural town in North Carolina-whereabouts currently unknown. Present day members of The Black Fusionist Society are the descendants of the five women and eleven children.

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The five women would be known as the Founding Mothers. They deemed the eleven Black children they saved the first generation- we are currently on the 4th. This first generation went on to continue the teachings, ideals, and beliefs set forth by the founding mothers, even adding to them as some went on to become scientists, artists, farmers, writers, activists, academics, etc. Still today they carry-on and add to the traditions and rituals started by the original group. It is believed there are some who still currently live in the unnamed North Carolina town, while others are spread throughout the United States and the world.

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Founding Mothers
I need back stories and other media for these.
-Sarah Brown
-Inez Williams
-Mabel Garner
-Sandra Ann Freeman
-Sophia Williams
To be named
1st Gen
Other notable members

Photograph of a house suspected to be one of BFS headquarters during the 1920's. Photographer unknown

Unfinished painting done in 1948 of founding mother Sarah Brown at 67-years old.