Two men from the same Delaware County family who died by electrocution – more than eight decades apart – will be honored February 23, 2023 when artistic reconciliation advocate, Ulysses “Butch” Slaughter brings The Walker-Williams Project to Widener University’s Alumni Hall.

Walker Carter Jr, an All-American athlete from Widener University and graduate of Chester High School was electrocuted on the job while working for PECO in June 2017. His uncle, Alexander McClay Williams, a student at The Glen Mills School, was falsely accused of stabbing a white woman in 1930 and electrocuted by The State of Pennsylvania in June 1931. Susie Williams- Carter, the 92-year-old mother of Carter and sister of Williams, met Mr. Slaughter in 2019 when he created a documentary about her son called “Remembering Walker “Baby” Carter.”

“I met Ms. Williams-Carter during a presentation I co-created with The Pennsylvania Humanities Council back in Spring 2019,” said Slaughter. “I learned about her brother, Alexander, in 2001 while publishing Perspective Magazine in Chester. When I met Ms. Williams-Carter in 2019, I had no idea she was related to both of these men. I am honored to serve the family by sharing their extraordinary stories.

In addition to sharing these stories, Mr. Slaughter is encouraging Delaware County officials to change the name of a juvenile courthouse to include the Williams name. The building is currently named for W. Roger Fronefield, the judge who sentenced Williams to death at the age of 16. Williams remains the youngest person in state history to be executed. His death came nearly 25 years before 14-year-old Emmett Till and nearly 13 years before 14-year-old George Stinney of South Carolina. The movie “Green Mile” was based partly on Stinney’s life.

“I have the honor to serve in some amazing situations and storylines,” said Mr. Slaughter. “Serving The Walker-Williams Project promises to be a spectacular experience for me and many people across the world. I think this story, the two men and Ms. Susie should be honored far and wide. I’m going to do my best work here.”

Mr. Slaughter has initiated conversations with Chester-Upland School District officials to bring the presentation to students and their families. “This, in fact, is another amazing Chester story,” said Mr. Slaughter. “Everyone should know it.” 

In 2020, Mr. Slaughter’s “artistic reconciliation” work led to the first formal apology offered by Philadelphia City Council for the tragic Philadelphia MOVE Bombing that occurred in 1985. He also consulted for OneTaste, the controversial international sex-positive international corporation currently under investigation by the FBI. Netflix is currently airing “Orgasm, Inc: The Story of OneTaste, Inc.