The Stephens Family Papers consists of photographs and
ephemera documenting Stephens Restaurant, Virginia's winning entry in a 1915 newspaper contest, and Virginia Stephens Coker's
achievements as a lawyer.
William Stephens was born in 1870 in Accomack County, Virginia. He moved out
to California while still a child and attended school in Oakland and San
Francisco. After graduation, he completed coursework at Heald College before
taking a job with the Southern Pacific Railway in 1886. Beginning as a Sleeping
Car Porter, he worked his way up to a clerkship under H.E. Huntington, assistant
to the company's President. Significant events:
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Permission to publish from the Stephens Family Papers must be obtained from the African American Museum and Library at Oakland.