Caribel Washington lived most of her life in Bloomington. She graduated from Bloomington High School ... Topics: Depression era, early civil rights work, YWCA, Wayman A.M.E. Church, civic work, WIlliam Shields
Claude Hursey was born in Mississippi, the son of a Greek father and an African-American mother. His m... Topics: 3rd Ward Club (owner), African-American businesses in Bloomington, Republican, WWI era memories, Revy Rhoades
Ethel Murray was born in Lincoln. She remembers a childhood relatively free from racial prejudice. How... Topics: Domestic for prominent families, social service work, civic & social clubs
Howard's grandfather came to Bloomington shortly after the Civil War. His father had a clothes cl... Topics: Early Bloomington family, Depression era history, Elaine was active in community service.
Reginald Whittaker lived all his life in Normal. He graduated from Normal Community High School and wo... Topics: family, business, work at Woolworth's, GTE, Baha'i
Kathryn (nee Williams) Dean grew up in Normal and moved to Bloomington where she attended Lincoln Scho... Topics: civic & social clubs, grandfather was Civil War veteran
Lucinda Miller's father was a farmer and teamster from Tennessee, and her mother was a member of ... Topics: Pre-Civil war Bloomington family, Dir. of Medical Records (Brokaw Hospital), community & civic boards, Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church.
Born in 1892 in Kentucky, Mrs. Clark lived over 100 years. She has strong memories of her father who w... Topics: Father was slave, WWI era restaurant business, boarding of ISNU students
Merlin Kennedy was born and grew up in Decatur,Illinois. He was drafted into the Navy right after high... Topics: Active in civil rights, NAACP, Youth Council, employment & housing issues
Oscar Waddell's parents came to Bloomington from Jerseyville, Illinois. He served in the South Pa... Topics: breaking employment barriers, home ownership, Willis Stearles
Richard Bell came to Bloomington as a young man. He was a self-taught business man and entrepreneur. H... Topics: Business owner and farmer, Rose Anna from early McLean County family, Illinois Soldiers & Sailors Home, domestic
Mrs Boykin was born In Tennessee; Mr Boykin was born in Mississippi. Their families both moved to Arka... Topics: Social clubs, domestic, yard & railroad work
Robert Gaston grew up in Clinton, Illinois and lived most of his life in Bloomington. He worked in fac... Topics: Barber, Chamber of Commerce Board member
Roy Shavers was born in Centralia and schooled in Clinton, Illinois. He grew up in a business-oriented... Topics: Melody Gospel Choir, African-American business in Bloomington & Clinton, St. Mary's Catholic Church
Barton was born February 27, 1914 in Normal, Illinois and attended Metcalf Grade School, University Hi... Topics: teacher/principal