Clarence Still Jr., 83, of Lawnside, a community historian who was a member of one of South Jersey’s best-known African American families, died Friday, May 4, after a long illness.
Still, a founder of the Lawnside Historical Society, lived on an expansive property on Oak Avenue where he hosted the Still Family Reunion, an annual event that draws family members from all over the United States.
The Still family tree includes abolitionists, preachers, doctors, scientists, professors, composers, Tuskegee Airmen, and professional athletes. Clarence Still helped document their history and Lawnside’s.
He “single-handedly stopped developers” from destroying the Peter Mott farmhouse, a station on the Underground Railroad and now a borough museum, said Linda Shockley, president of the borough’s historical society.