Finlator, William Wallace, 1913-
William Wallace Finlator was born in 1913 in Louisburg, North Carolina. He attended nearby Wake Forest and went on to graduate from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Finlator began preaching at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina in 1956, and was well known for his progressive sermons, which called for an end to racial injustice and segregation in the South. In 1961, he endorsed a petition requesting executive clemency from President Kennedy for imprisoned civil rights activist, Carl Braden. Finlator died on July 3, 2006 at the age of 93.
Archival Collections and Reference Resources
- Oral Histories of the American South: The Civil Rights Movement (Documenting the American South (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill))
- Series 2515 : Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission Records Online, 1994-2006, Photographs (Mississippi Department of Archives and History)