From 1923 to 1927, Vincent Allen Flowers, Rachel’s youngest brother, attended Messiah Academy, the institution’s high school. Hierald Osorto also honored Vincent during the college’s centennial celebration.
Based on the 1910 Federal Census, a four year old Vincent was born between 1905 to 1906.
On the 1920 Federal Census, a 14 year old Vincent lived with his father and sisters, Rachel, Gladys, and Hilda. To my surprise, the family in both census records lived in predominately white neighborhoods. After finding this information I decided to check the military records through Ancestry.com.
From 1942 to 1945, Vincent served in the South Pacific during World War II. He was a cook for the military. A local historian directed me to Proquest Black Historical Newspapers database. Despite my library not having access to this database, a librarian provided me with a 30-day trial. In the Philadelphia Tribune, I found this article.
“Stroudsburg Innkeeper Arrested, Denied Service,” Philadelphia Tribune (1912-2001). Philadelphia, Penn., August 29, 1950.
Stroudsburg, PA—A fight against segregation started here last Tuesday after a Philadelphia Negro in company of three whites was allegedly refused service at an establishment and told that “we do not serve Negroes.” The object of the alleged discrimination was an Army veteran was Vincent Flowers…Flowers served three years in the South Pacific during World War II and a brother was killed in action.
Who was this brother killed in action? Chauncey already passed away, John C. Flowers as far as I know was still living, and Theodore, I am unsure.
Another article I found shows the graduation announcement for Vincent.
Vincent Allen Flowers (July 23, 1905-December 15, 2002)