Mr. Matthews was the former First Deputy City Clerk of Providence, and considered by many as hte finest athlete the state has produced. "Dixie", as he was known to all, was considered by leadersof the city's black community as their 'first but unofficial' City Councilman. Born in Providence, he retired after thirty-eight years of City employment, culminating in his appointment to the highest City post ever held by an African American. He was very crive in both civic and political causes.
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