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TitleBoy Scouts
DescriptionPages of notes from an interview with Mrs. Solomon taken by Knox College Professor of Sociology, J. Howell Atwood. These notes are about the role of the Boy Scouts in the African American community in Galesburg, Illinois in the early years of the 20th century. The notes detail the history of the founding of the "colored" Scout toop, describe Scouting activities, and list names of individual Scouts. Atwood conducted extensive research from 1930-1960 about the Galesburg African American community.
Young Men's Christian associations
Subject (LCSH)Boy Scouts;
Named PersonSolomon, Eva; Solomon, Fred D.; Hazlitt, Fred; Stotts, R.B.; Tate, Dr.; Fletcher, George G.;
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
TranscriptBoy Scouts -- Mrs. Solomon

Org. in 1917 by Mr. Fred D. Solomon

Jas & Henry Webster were in
the troop, also Humphrey Butler (now in Peoria),
Clarence Alexander (now in Bloomington), R.W.
Earley, Harold Allen, Ralph
Leonard (dead), Alphonso Tyler (dead) &
Clarence Reynolds.
They functioned fr. 1917-20,
when Mr.[?] S. had to give it up
on acct. of his new duties at the
P.O. They paraded on Memorial
Days went on hikes etc.
This was the 1st troop of
colored boys in G----, but it
didn't have nat'l affiliation.

Boy Scouts (GG. Fletch 1)

Boy Scouts
(see Masons for org in 1929)
Pleamore Kimbrough
Allen Fleming
Carrol Kimbrough
Leroy [Kimbrough]
Andrew Fleming
Herbert Hogue*
(Eagle Scout)
Elmer Donaldson*
(4 merit badges fr. being Eagle Scout)
[Donaldson, Hogue are noted in the right margins as]: charter members 1929
Wm Green*
Sylvester Bly
[Bly, Green noted in margins]: they may know
Earl Puckett
Joseph Gatlin
Chas. White

Meet in Washburn Hall
every Wed. 7:30 to 9., rent
free from Eastern Star.

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6 are tenderfoot scouts
4 are 2nd class
2[are] 1st[class]
1[are] Eagle

Hold a camp for 4 days
from the Knox-Warren Counties
area. This is called a
"camp-o-ree" & held at
Cheektawaka on Lake Storey
south side near log city.
Stay in tents, located by troops,
cook individually in front of his
tent. Each boy has a [characters "pup"? crossed out] pup[?] tent or
tepee. Some troops have a
tent to house all the members.
There is a cabin 40 x 22 -- two
box cars set 4 feet apart --
with lean-to kitchen. Tried

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to make this cabin care
for the troop as it grows.
It & the camp belong to
No. 10. Mr. Wayne Christy
as head of the park board
gave permission to No. 10 to
use this point in 1932.

About 1930 we wanted to use
the YMCA - Boy Scout camp
Schaubena, but it was held
that being a YM camp it
wasn't available to [characters "the colored" crossed out]
No. 10 because of [characters "it" crossed out] their being
colored boys. Stolts
tried to get a place near
Quincy, again near R.I.
but parents objected. An

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official of the Boy Scouts from
N.Y. hq., a colored man,
came to investigate the situa-
tion. He said if it was a
Boy Scout camp there could
be no color line. Fred Hazlitt
has backed us & bought
Boy Scout Life for every colored
boy in the troop. Mr. R.B. Stotts
has backed us too. Dr.
Tate tried to get the old school
house as a cabin for us, but
the Supervisors who were res-
ponsible [characters "would" crossed out] never took
action. Mr. Boyes said it
would never be used as a
school. The N.Y. executive
held however [characters "that" crossed out] S-----
was not exclusively a scout
camp he couldn't press

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the point. Paid $10 a
piece for the box cars (reg.
price $25 each). The city
got 2-35 ft. telegraph
poles & with the highway
tractor over the snow
in the winter 1935-36. This
was done free. (A house mover
wanted $18. for the job.)
We have a highway mark-
er thru Mr. [illegible characters crossed out] G.G. F's request
of the Highway authorities.
Name of the Camp has
not special historical
Three objects: character
building, Americanization,
citizenship training.
Physical Descriptionhandwritten on 8.5 x 5.25 (half) sheet
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