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Berry Family Papers 


Dr. Leonidas L. Berry was born in Woodsdale, North Carolina on July 20, 1902. He was the son of Rev. Llewellyn L. and Beulah A. Harris Berry. Rev. L.L. Berry was a minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. He pastored at Emanual AME Church in Portsmouth in 1926, St. John AME Church on Bute Street in Norfolk from 1926 to 1932, and a church in Hampton, Virginia, Bethel AME. Rev (Dr.) Berry was regarded as one of the greatest Secretaries of Missions in the church's history when he died in 1960. His son, Leonidas Berry attended Abraham Lincoln and Booker T. Washington public schools in Norfolk, Virginia. Leonidas attended college at Wilberforce University and medical school at the University of Chicago. He had a distinguished medical career in Chicago becoming the first black specialist in the treatment of gastro-intestinal diseases. In 1982, he published I Wouldn't Take Nothin For My Journey: Two Centuries of an Afro-American Minister's Family (1816-1981).

Included in the collection are copies of medical articles published by Dr. Leonidas L. Berry, a biographical sketch of Rev. Llewellyn L. Berry, obituaries, photographs, a daily log, Dr. Leonidas Berry's speech at St. John AME Church, Norfolk, correspondence, curriculum vitae, newspaper articles, and citations.

Donated by Dr. Leonidas L. Berry