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George Wofford

Birthplace: Cartersville, Bartow County, Georgia, United States
Death: Died in Lorain, Lorain County, Ohio, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Wofford and Carrie Wofford
Husband of Ella Ramah Wofford
Father of <private> Wofford and Toni Morrison, Nobel Prize in Literature 1993
Brother of Howard Wofford; Harry Wofford and Henry Wofford

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About George Wofford

Morrison’s father, George Wofford, was born in Cartersville, in Bartow County, in 1908. Her grandfather was a railroad engineer for the Western and Atlantic line that ran 138 miles from Atlanta to Chattanooga. By the early 1920s, life in Cartersville became unsustainable. George’s father lost his job to a white man and was demoted to working as a drayman. Numerous lynchings, reported with photographs in the newspapers, happened in their neighborhood.

George Wofford and his family resettled in Lorain, Ohio; he later married Ramah Willis, whose family had lost her Native American great-grandmother’s Alabama land to a white man, moved to Kentucky, and then also to Lorain. Toni (born Chloe Wofford), George and Ramah’s second daughter, was born in 1931 and lived in Lorain until she went to college at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Morrison’s father visited Georgia often, but he never brought his family to the state he believed to be the most racist in the nation.

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George Wofford's Timeline

August 27, 1908
Cartersville, Bartow County, Georgia, United States
February 18, 1931
Age 22
Lorain, OH, USA
September 9, 1975
Age 67
Lorain, Lorain County, Ohio, United States