Slave’s life is discussed by family member
Stephentown Town Board member Jerry Robinson will discuss “American History Through Reuben’s Eyes,” on Sunday, March 6, at 2 p.m. at Stephentown Historical Society’s Heritage Center, 5 Staples Road.
Robinson is the great-grandson of Reuben Waller who was born into slavery in 1840 and, as the Confederate general’s body servant, he witnessed Gen. Robert E. Lee’s surrender in 1865 at Appomattox. Waller enlisted in the 10th Cavalry, known as the Buffalo Soldiers, and served during western expansion and through the Plains Indian Wars.
As a child, Robinson met Waller, who lived until age 105, according to the historical society. As an adult, Robinson researched Waller’s story.
Robinson retired from a career in health and human services management and was commissioner for Children and Families in the Massachusetts Social Services department.
For details, call 733-0010.
Gloria MazurePost Author
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