I Was Born 12/21/1936.We Lived On Jimmy Gerkin Farn.I Remember The Xmas Display.My Father Would Take Our Family To See At Xmas.
Is this the original beginnings of what was the prison on Prison Camp Rd in Williamston? Has now been torn down...
Based on the looks of the photo, the barracks are canvas and the camp appears to be on the north side of the roanoke. I believe this is probably the Italian POW camp (1941-1943). The german POW camp (1943-1945) was on the south side of the river and the prisoners built barracks out of available wood.
I was born in Williamston on Nov. 1, 1945. My uncle Ernie Schneider was in the Army and assigned to the pow camp. He brought some German pows by the house to see me and they brought flowers for my mother.
My father-in-law picked up POWS from the Williamston POW camp and brought them to the Belvoir area of Pitt County to work on the family farm. He has told us many stories about those days one was of the Nativity Scene that was built by the POWS. Does anyone have a picture of the Nativity Scene that was put up for many years until it was destroyed in a fire? I would love to see it if you have one. ThanksP
My father-in-law would pick up POWS from this camp and bring them to the Belvoir area of Pitt County, NC to work on the family farm.
I was born in Williamston in February of 1944. We lived in the parsonage of Christian Chapel Church of Christ on prison camp road. My father was the minister there.. My mother told me that prisoners, when working on the roads, would come to our house for water.
My grandfather served as a guard here. I have several letters he received from former German prisoners after the war.
This was also the jail for Martin County until MC merged with Bertie County jail.