Lewis, Abe. b. February 12, 1906, Ferrides, Louisiana; African American; father Charles Lewis, mother Mary Lewis; Grade school education; No prior military service; Single; Cook and Tailor; CP June 1930; Received Passport# 6397 New York series on March 19, 1937 which listed his address as 1524 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio (5810 Thackary Street, Cleveland, Ohio); Sailed March 27, 1937 aboard the Paris; Arrived in Spain on April 14, 1937; Served with the IB Commissary (QM) Services; XV BDE Headquarters, Adjutant Commissar; Injured in a truck crash, stomach, hospital in San Sebastian, Barcelona 2 months; Returned to the US on February 4, 1939 aboard the President Harding; WWII civilian; d. 1948.
Sources: Sail; Scope of Soviet Activity; Cadre; RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 2, Delo 75a, consists of reports written by Lewis on Commissars in the XV BDE; Opis 6, Delo 934, ll. 11-40; African Americans. Box 2, Folder 23, 177_197042 [List of Names] Moscow Fond 545, Opis 5, Delo 197, ll. 42, Oct. 1938. This is a page from Folder 197: Album of 15th International Brigade Presented to the American Communist Volunteers of the 15th Brigade by the Communist Party of Spain. On a two page spread entitle Declaration of the American Negro Comrades eighteen individuals signed the second page. Code APhotograph: Abraham Lewis, Brigade Commissariat, December 1937. The 15th International Brigade Photographic Unit Photograph Collection; ALBA Photo 11; ALBA Photo number 11-0955. Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives. Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012, New York University Libraries.