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Phyllis Wheatley Club
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TitlePhyllis Wheatley Club
DescriptionPages of notes taken from an interview with Mrs. Eva Solomon by Knox College Professor of Sociology, J. Howell Atwood. These notes concern the Phyllis Wheatley Club for African American women and girls in Galesburg, Illinois. The notes describe the historyand activities of the club and include a list of club members. Atwood conducted extensive research from 1930-1960 about the Galesburg African American community.
Subject (LCSH)African American women -- Societies and clubs; National Association of Colored Women;
Named PersonSolomon, Eva; Richardson, Lula Hooks;
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
Transcript[written in margins]: Mrs. Eva Solomon

Phyllis Wheatly Club

Named for the 1st Negro girl poet
in America. Org. in 1910 in
Mrs. Eva Solomon's home by
Mrs. S. & Lula Hooks Richard-
son who died soon after.
Ages ranged fr. 12-16.
Object was to raise money for
Allen Chapel and [characters "for" crossed out] to
become member of Ill. Ass.
of Col. Women's Clubs. They
were the only young Col. girls
club in the state. 1st
project (Dec. 1911) bought
24 hymnals for the church.
The books didn't arrive till
the day after the Dedication.
Gave plays & raised money.
Acc. to Ch. records they
have given over $1000.

Phy -- Wh -- (2)

Now one must be 21 to be
a member. 20 members
is the limit.
Vision broadened -- objects:
charitable, civic moral uplift.
At Xmas they give a party
for needy children of the community;
held in a home, a hall or
the church. Members' children
included. Give coal, cloth-
ing, groceries -- don't talk
much about it. 1st receptn
for h.s. grads. in Odd
Fellows Hall. One of the
honored guests -- had been
married that day (a girl from
Iowa) the other one from
Prophetstown was taken ill that day
& died a few weeks [characters "soon" crossed out] after. So the 1st
receptn was disappointing.

Phyllis Wh --

Each h.s. grad. & those
fr. Knox and fr. Abingdon h.s.
(1935) has been given a receptn
by the Club. Largest class
in 1936 -- two of them belonged
to the junior club -- the Susie
Wallace Girls.
Club holds membership in
Dist, State & Nat'l Assns
of Colored Women (Charter
members of dist.). In Dan-
ville (1921) they won 2nd prize for
money given to ways & means
dept. of the State conference;
loving cup for most money given
to scholarship fund at Quincy
(1935), 1st place in music (piano)
in Moline (1927); 1st in vocal in
Peoria (1930). In Monmouth
1st prize in old silver - a colonel's
cup used in the Civil War 1929.
Entertained the State in 1920

Phy Wh -- (4)

& the Cont'l Dist in 1921 to 28.
Furnished every imp. off in Dist. & sev. in State
Pres. membership
Glaze Allen (charter member)
Marguerite Fleming [charter member]
Dorothy Brown
Blanch Mathews
Ruby Williams
Florence Fletcher
Maggie Milturn
Vivian green Cropp
Ruth Crawford
Irene Harvey
Alice Ogden (Pres.)
Lola Crummer
Catherine Lewis
Gertrude Stewart
Ora Mathews
Erline Mathews
Anna May Young

Phy. Wh -- (5)

Florence Burgess
Verna Humphreys
Eva Solomon

Not confined to any
denomination, a maj.
are ME., however

Phyllis Wheatley doesn't belong
to the State Conf. of Colored
Women at present. It used
to. It does belong to the
Central District Conf. of C. Women
Physical Descriptionhandwritten on 8.5 x 5.25 (half) sheet
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