Knox College Struggle and Progress-African Americans in Knox County, Illinois (Knox College)
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DescriptionPages of notes taken by Knox College Professor of Sociology, J. Howell Atwood from an interview with Mrs. Eva Solomon. These notes detail the history and activities of two Tabernacles: the Golden Bell and the Silver Spray, both social clubs for African American men women in Galesburg, Illinois. A list of club members is given. Atwood conducted extensive research from 1930-1960 about the Galesburg African American community.
Named PersonSolomon, Eva; Jackson, Jennie; Dickerson, Putman; Dickerson, Lizzie; Brown, Cora Solomon;
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
TranscriptTabernacles Mrs. Eva Solomon (1)

There were two Tabernacles here
one the Golden Bell, The other
the Silver Spray -- secret orders

Jennie Jackson (of Jacksonville Ill.) org. the Golden
Bell (the local name)
Tabernacle was the larger org.
with which it was affiliated.
Mr. Putnam Dickerson & Mrs.
Lizzie Dickerson belonged to the
Golden Bell. Org. about 1891.

Cora Solomon Brown in 1893
org. the Silver Spray. Jessie
McGill, Fred Solomon, Chas.
Gasberry, Gertie & Mattie Gasberry, Geo.
Cason, Sophronia Caron, Leo-
nard Caron, Mary Green
Easley, Julia Green Davis,
Marguerine Harden, Dora
Taylor, Della Medlock, Chas.
Johnson, Nellie Blake Cason

Tabernacle (2)

Ellen McAtee, Addie McAtee
Mary Davis, Eva Solomon,
Lillian Munroe, Mrs. Tilford
Gash, Neal Carter.
They were org. for mutual
benefit. & were local chapters
of the same national. They
entertained the national
convention here one summer.

Golden Bell was on the
decline when S. Spray was
org. It was active
about 10 yrs. Met 2 times
a month. Reg meeting con-
sisted of ritual work -- based
on the Bible. Sickness & death
benefits were provided.
Younger age group in Silver Spray.
Physical Descriptionhandwritten on 8.5 x 5.25 (half) sheet
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