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ZOOM Presence, Pride & Passion: A History of African Americans in McLean County

Wednesday, February 24
Starts at 2:15 PM

McLean County Museum of History
200 N. Main St, Bloomington IL 61701

ZOOM Presence, Pride & Passion: A History of African Americans in McLean County

YWCA McLean County and McLean County Museum of History’s Black History Project are pleased to present a three-day educational series: Presence, Pride and Passion: A History of African Americans in McLean County, in honor of Black History Month. Jeff Woodard, director of marketing and community relations at McLean County History Museum, will present the biographies of three local African Americans and how they made their mark in McLean County.

Day 1: Tuesday, February 23, 2:15-3:00 p.m.Presence – Blacks chose to make McLean County their home as early as the 1830s. Through tragedy and hardship, some became homeowners and lived in many areas of the community. One such individual was Dr. Eugene Covington. Dr. Covington was the only Black medical professional to successfully practice in McLean County until the late twentieth century. Join us to find out how he was able to be successful.

Day 2: Wednesday, February 24, 2:15-3:00 p.m.Pride – Determination has always played a role in the success of Blacks in America. Many who served in the military returned home only to be denied opportunity. After serving in World War I, veteran Willis Stearles returned to Bloomington. Through favorable circumstances and arduous work, Stearles gained community acceptance in ways no one would imagine. Join us to learn more about Willis Stearles.

Day 3: Thursday, February 25, 2:15-3:00 p.m.Passion – In honoring Black people in the community who had a passion for success, we cannot tell the story of Bloomington-Normal African American history without examining the accomplishments of Mrs. Caribel Washington. Retired State Farm executive, Willie Brown, once referred to Mrs. Washington as “one of our Presidents.” Washington’s passion for civil rights guided her principles throughout her entire life. She left some very sound advice for us all. Join us to learn more about Caribel Washington and how she is connected to YWCA McLean County.

To register: https://zoom.us/meeting/regist…