Donald S. Weedon

Donald S. Weedon

1929 -


Interview Length: 60 minutes

Interview Date: May 20, 2009

Interview Location: St. Patrick's Cathedral, State Street, Harrisburg, PA




Born in Frederick, Md., Donald Weedon was one of 10 children born to sharecroppers. His mother died when he was five years old, so he quit school to help on the farm. In 1943, he moved with his brothers to Harrisburg, took a job cleaning the Seiler School and worked for Dr. Louisette Logan, the head of the school. Dr. Logan taught him French so he could help her look after her elderly mother. While working for the Thomas Caldwell family, Weedon was the first African-American to live on North Second Street at a time when blacks were not welcome farther north than Reily Street. He became a devout Catholic and had a job driving the monsignors, eventually traveling to Rome to meet the Pope. Weedon served in the military during the early '50s and worked as a policeman at the capitol building for 30 years.