When the state of Illinois received its charter in 1818, it was declared a qfree state, q thus drawing many African-American pioneers to the area. Black Life in West Central Illinois offers a glimpse of the rich history of African-American life from the very beginning of the settlement of this region. The history of west central Illinois is presented here through memorable photographs and rare documents dating back to before, during, and after the Civil War. This book introduces a wide variety of characters, including 18th century explorer Jean Baptiste Point DuSable, pioneer qFree Frankq McWhorter, and comedian Richard Pryor.The temporary U.S.O. Service Center (and formerly the Mary Bethune Day Nursery), July I, I943 through Fehruary I I, I944, of Galeshurg, Illinois. (Courtesy of ... It has MHCC heen kinmn as the George Washington Carver Community Center.
|Title||:||Black Life in West Central Illinois|
|Author||:||Felix Lionel Armfield|
|Publisher||:||Arcadia Publishing - 2001|