The Lawnside Historical Society, Inc., is saddened upon learning of the death Friday, May 4, of our founding president and board chairman, Clarence H. Still. More than 22 years ago, Mr. Still single-handedly halted the demolition of the Peter Mott House, now a Society-owned and operated Underground Railroad Museum, in Lawnside, N.J.
Mr. Still was an enthusiastic collector of African-American historical memorabilia, artifacts, documents and books. He loved Lawnside, which he served as borough historian. He adored the Still Family, cherished its legacy and promoted its heritage at every opportunity in many ways. He was instrumental in donating thousands of photographs and negatives by the famed Philadelphia photographer John Mosley to the Charles Blockson Afro-American Collection at Temple University. Mr. Mosley was his brother-in-law.
He was the long-time chairman of the Still Family Historical Committee and hosted the Still Family Reunion, which has been a tradition for more than 140 years.
The Society extends its condolences and heartfelt thanks to the Still Family for having shared their patriarch so generously for several decades.
A viewing is scheduled at Mount Zion United Methodist Church, 134 S. White Horse Pike, Lawnside, N.J., Friday, May 11 from 5 to 8 p.m. Viewing will also be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 12, followed by the funeral services. A repast will follow at the the Wayne R. Bryant Community Center, 323 E. Charleston Ave., Lawnside.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that in memoriam contributions be made to the Still Family Historical Committee, c/o 137 E. Oak Ave., Lawnside, NJ 08045.
The Camden County Historical Society also pays tribute to Clarence Still. View the website.
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