Locally Sollie’s name is synonymous with the Prince Hall Most Worshipful Union Grand Lodge #377, which was renamed in his honor and is now, Sollie Mitchell Lodge #377 located in downtown Jacksonville. “I have a good life. I had a wife of 62 years and we did everything together. Even though she’s gone I still love her. Having that love and remembering to treat others like you want to be treated is what has kept me here this long”.
Former legendary Pullman Porter and activist Sollie Mitchell recently celebrated his 102nd birthday. Born in 1918, the Jacksonville native attended Stanton High School, fought in WWII, participated in the 1963 March on Washington and worked for the railroad until he retired in 1981.
Sollie with friend Helen ChestnutIn his retirement, Sollie continues his community advocacy as a volunteer, historian and friend to many!
Shown is Sollie at the home of host Helen Chestnut in front of his cake celebrating his 102nd birthday.