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TitleNegro schools
DescriptionPages of notes taken by Knox College Professor of Sociology, J. Howell Atwood from interviews with John Bell and J.J. Brown. These notes are about Negro schools in Galesburg, Illinois during the late 19th and early part of the 20th century. Atwood conducted extensive research from 1930-1960 about the Galesburg African American community.
Named PersonBell, John; Brown, J.J.; Williams, Spoke; Williams, Charles; Ingersoll, Abbie;
CreatorAtwood, Jesse Howell;
IdentifierJ. Howell Atwood Manuscript Collection (box 8)
CollectionStruggle and Progress-African Americans in Knox County, Illinois (Knox College)
Date Digital2010-04-23
TranscriptJohn Bell
378 Monroe
Negro Schools

Remembers there was a Negro
school near Knox & Holton -- in
back of what is now the Israel of
God church. Apparently it was
held in the building which is now
the parsonage. It was there in
the 60's and 70's. The brother of
Spoke Williams, Mr. Chas. Williams
was the teacher, a colored man.
Abbie Ingersoll who lived at
West and Simmons -- a white lady-
held a night school for both
colored and white at S. Broad St.
and Simmons -- the north east

"East End" -- Schools -- JJ Brown
In the early days
60's & 70 there were more
col-- people in this east
end of town than out west.
At one time we had color-
ed schools here. I rem-
ember the colored school
at Pine and Main (near where
the Standard Oil Station is
now). First day I dozed
off to sleep. The white
teacher threw water in my
face. When they talked
about my going again I
started to cry. They had a
time with me. Finally I
went to the 4th ward school. We
mixed up no trouble.
On north side of Tompkins between
Cedar & West is an old barn
-- over --

on the property (formerly) owned
by Will Litch. It was once
used as a colored school
Physical Descriptionhandwritten on 8.5 x 5.25 (half) sheet
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