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Felix Robinson - A biography

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Felix Robinson

A Biography

by Mr. Ariel Robinson |
Editor's Note: Due to space limitations, portions of Mr. Robinson's writing have been deleted. A complete copy of his biographical material is available at the Oakland branch of the Ruth Enlow Library.

In his letter of transmittal, Mr. Robinson wrote this tribute to his father. "He was a man of enormous physical and emotional energy who worked tirelessly in enough fields of interest to satisfy the lives of a dozen men."

Felix Robinson was a contributing editor for The Glades Star for 25 years prior to his death in 1967.

Felix Griffin Robinson: 1898-1967

... He returned to Oakland in time for its 1949 Centennial celebration. For that he composed an epic ballad which was published in handwritten Spencerian Script with copious historical notes. High point of the pageant for the younger members of the Robinson family was the closing scene where two of Oakland's oldest citizens held aloft the symbolic torch for future generations. One person was Mr. Alonzo Naylor; the other, was my grandmother, Mrs. Martha Robinson.

After the Centennial events ended, Felix spent several months exploring his future with church leaders of several denominations. Finally, he made the decision to become a Roman Catholic, and so fulfilled his personal process of Christian unity. He was without employment and his plight was recognized by Archbishop Francis Keough of Baltimore. Keough found a position for him with the USO at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey; later, he became a representative for St. Anthony's Guild.

Most importantly, however, Felix began to help himself by starting a publication of an historical periodical, 'Tableland Trails." Over a 10 year period, eight magazines were published.

Publication of "Tableland Trails" gave Felix as much satisfaction as anything else he had done. If offered an opportunity to express his wide ranging ideas. He treated his subscribers as precious friends; no request for historical fact was too insignificant to track down. The magazine gave him free play to flaunt his erudition and store of knowledge.

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Ariel Robinson


Collection Location:
Ruth Enlow Library, Oakland

Original Size:
22 x 12 cms

published in The Glades Star

Maryland, History

Western Maryland, 1750-1963

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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