Resolution J2859-2013

Mourning the death of Charles B. Swain, long-time Greene County minorities historian, distinguished citizen and devoted member of his community

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  • Jan 14, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Jan 14, 2014: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Jan 10, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION mourning the death of Charles B. Swain, long-time
Greene  County  minorities  historian, distinguished citizen and devoted
member of his community

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body  to  pay  tribute  to
citizens  of  the  State  of  New York whose lifework and civic endeavor
served to enhance the quality of life in their communities and the great
State of New York; and
  WHEREAS, Charles B. Swain of Catskill, New York died on Sunday, Decem-
ber 22, 2013, at the age of 73; and
  WHEREAS, Charles B. Swain distinguished himself in his profession  and
by his sincere dedication and substantial contribution to the welfare of
his community; and
  WHEREAS,  Charles  B. Swain was a passionate historian who worked hard
to shine light on the contributions of minorities in  Greene  County;  a
Catskill  native,  he was appointed in 1975; after lobbying hard for it,
he became the first minorities historian in New York State,  a  position
he held for almost 40 years; and
  WHEREAS,  As  minorities  historian,  one  of Charles B. Swain's first
accomplishments was organizing the Greene County Black Cultural Festival
in 1978; part of that effort  involved  gathering  and  documenting  the
history and contributions of blacks in Greene County; and
  WHEREAS, Charles B. Swain had a particular interest in documenting and
teaching  about  the  accomplishments  of African Americans in the Civil
War; he was an avid reenactor, often dressing up as a Buffalo Soldier at
Civil War reenactments, in part to honor  his  grandfather  who  was  an
actual  Buffalo Soldier, a member of the United States Cavalry formed in
1866 by the United States Army; and
  WHEREAS, One year, Charles B.  Swain  organized  a  popular  all-black
rodeo in Cairo, New York, which raised a significant amount for churches
in Coxsackie and Cairo; and
  WHEREAS,  This  remarkable  man  was  a  26-year veteran of the United
States Marine Corps; he also worked in the New York State Department  of
Corrections and the National Parks Service; and
  WHEREAS,  Charles  B.  Swain is survived by his son, Charles A. Swain;
and
  WHEREAS, Armed with a humanistic spirit and imbued  with  a  sense  of
compassion,  Charles  B.  Swain  leaves  behind a legacy which will long
endure the passage of time and will remain as a comforting memory to all
he served and befriended; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
mourn  the death of Charles B. Swain, long-time Greene County minorities
historian, distinguished citizen and devoted member  of  his  community;
and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the family of Charles B. Swain.

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