Is the Mrs. Williams portrayed in the blotter advertisement the same person as Princess Quenda? The 1945 newspaper article says that he and the princess had been married for 9 years, but the blotter information says that the couple pictured on it started walking in 1926, and "... have the history of our lives from 5 years old."
What was the princess' life like in Africa and in America, and how did it turn out? What happened to the 521 scrapbooks? Did they publish a book? Where did Nebrasker walk next? I wish I could have asked Nebrasker what it was like to travel this country on foot as a black man in the 1920s, 30s and 40s.
So, there are still lots of unanswered questions to this narrative, and if you know some of the answers, let us know. In the meantime, keep on truckin'.
2/1/12 Additional Information:
My sister, Joanne, who must be a better researcher than I am, found an article about "Nebraska" (rather than "Nebrasker") Williams, dated March 1, 1930, in the Afro American, a Baltimore newspaper:
The article says that Williams passed through Baltimore in 1927, and was again in the city in 1930, along with his wife, a sister, and "Big Boy," his bulldog. The author of the article seems to be a bit skeptical about the walking claims of Mr. Williams.
In the article, Mr. Williams claimed to have begun his walk in London in 1926, rather than Shreveport, and also claimed Montreal as a starting place. The newpaper writer says that despite numerous letters about his walk from various US city officials, Mr. Williams failed to show any evidence of having hiked in any foreign countries as he claimed.
The Afro American does mention some of the problems that the Williams couple had in the south, including being arrested and forced to work on a prison farm for a month. Mrs. Williams stated that she made a key out of a spoon, and enabled their escape!
So, more questions. Was Mr. Williams a preacher, a "world champion walker", a con man, or a bit of all three? Was there really an African Princess wife? So far, we don't have the whole story, but it's an interesting journey in any case.