Port Washington's African-American Heritage

Work

Onderdonk Farm Cottage, 1890s

afam116A little house built on Onderdonk Farm for African-American workers and their families.  The farm was situated beyond the present Post Office building.

Mike Scarpia and "Sparky" Biddle in front of Valley Road Garage

afam011Mike Scarpia (l.) and Frederick “Sparky” Biddle (r.).  Circa 1940s-1950s.

How “Sparky” got his nickname:
Whenever a car came in with something wrong, he said, “Gotta be the spark plug.”

Frederick "Sparky" Biddle at Gas Station

afam010Circa 1940.  Note: LIRR in background.

G.O.P. Barbeque, Manhasset Isle, 1928

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Marjorie Biddle at Work, 1920s

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Gerald Biddle in Uniform, 1953

afam018“Love Gerald” 12/1/53

Theodore Griffin at Work at Ghost Motocycles

afam089Photo by Larry Brown.

Bill "Showboat" Dumpson, Harlem Globetrotters [1960s?]

bill-showboat-dumpson-small-fileAccording to the Harlem Globetrotters All-Time Roster, William Dumpson was a guard, 6’1″, from South Carolina State A&M.  Bart Cosolito, former sports editor of the Port Washington News, once said, “Bill Dumpson was probably the Jackie Robinson of Nassau [County] basketball.”

Dumpson also played Negro Leagues Baseball from 1950-1953 for a number of teams, including the New York Black Yankees.  See his profile at the Negro Leagues Baseball eMuseum for more information about his athletic careers.

Hubert Goode Working at Greenfield Pharmacy, 1940s

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Mr. Goode worked at Greenfield Pharmacy for 10 years.  Then he worked in the taxi business on Main Street.