Providence, R.I. – Frederick C. Williamson, the longest serving state historic preservation officer in the nation, has died.
Before Williams became a pioneer in the national preservation movement, he was a civilian manager at the Quonset Point facility. He also held leadership roles in Rhode Island's civil rights movement.
In 1969 Governor Frank Licht appointed Williams to head of the state's Department of Community Affairs.
He was elected chairman of the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission in 1995. And he founded the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society.
Frederick Williamson died last Sunday, he was 95-years-old.