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Autumn Leaf club
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TitleAutumn Leaf club
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 the Autumn Leaf, a social club for African American women in Galesburg, Illinois. The history and activities of the club are detailed and a list of club members is given. 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; Owens, Ada; Davis, Crummer; Moody, Lizzie Crews; Sims, Mary;
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
TranscriptMrs. Eva Solomon

Autumn Leaf was org.
in June 1890. -- members
25 women by Ada Owens
Crummer[?] Davis.
The 1st colored womens club
org. in g-- & in the state
of Ill. She was the first
Pres. Lizzie Crews Moody
was Secy. Mary Sims, Treas.
Object: Study and social Up-
Motto: Love one another
Color: Brown & gold
At first they were more socially
inclined -- gave big receptions --
one annually in June. Also on new
years. Their affairs were
looked forward to. Later they
changed emphasis & did more
church work. Except for 1
person its members were M.E.
When the church was remodel-
ed in 1911 the club took resp.

Autumn Leaf (2)
for securing the new seats.
$750 obligatn. ($150 down)*
All told they have given
$1250 - but numerous other
gifts were not recorded.

*Each member gave $5 to
guarantee the down payment.

They always helped entertain
the AME Conference when it
convened in Galesburg.
They were also members of
the Dist. State & Nat'l Assn
of Colored Women & have furn-
ished officers for Dist & State
Charter members:
Ada Owens C. Davis
Lizzie Crew Moody
Susan Allen
Dora McGill Taylor
Lillie Ashby Monroe
Mary Sims

Autumn Leaf (3)

Carrie Wells
Frances Washington
Anna Bell
Anna Harris
Esther McGruder
Rachel Nelson Milburn
Eliza Fletcher
Lizzie Brown
[Lizzie] Mofield
Rebecca Logan
Ella Delwar Williams
Grilda Proctor Hazel
Maggie Hall
Mrs. Harden House
Mary Davis
Mary Ann Gash
Mary Lyons
Minnie Brown
Hattie Lane
Held last meeting at Susan
Allen's in Apr. 1934. They had
planned a fair, but the VP suddenly
died in May. Mrs. Allen died soon after.

Autumn Leaf (4)

Both Pres. & V.P. were
thus dead & the Secy never
called a meeting. Mrs. Allen
was Pres. Anna Bell was V.P.
Some four more were lost
by death in less than a
The members who died that yr.
Ada Davis
Celia Malone

Remaining members
Jessie McGill
Anna [McGill]
May Jackson
Rebecca McGill
Fannie Grigsby
Mamie Logan
Mercy Fletcher
Beatrice Williams
Hattie Milburn
Eva Solomon
Money left in the treasury was
paid out for flowers for deceased mem-

[written sideways in right margin]:
Younger women belong to
other clubs & the older
members are less able
to carry on.
Physical Descriptionhandwritten on 8.5 x 5.25 (half) sheet
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