Who's Who in Black Davenport, Iowa


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Posted Online: Feb. 18, 2014, 2:37 pm
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Press release submitted by Charles Pearson


Pearson Consulting invites everyone with an interest in the development of the Quad Cities Civil Rights Heritage Trail and Way Finding Pilot Project to attend the first of a series of public lectures regarding African American historic property's, landmarks, and people past and present from Davenport Iowa.

For the past five years, local historian Charles Pearson has engaged area businesses, city officials' and the general public in creating a long term vision for Civil Rights in Iowa. Charles, recommendations to the city of Davenport and residents is to enhance cultural tourism in the QC by supporting the Davenport, Civil Rights Heritage Trail, and Way Finding Pilot Project.

Remembering African American residents past and present with interesting history. Public lecture Thursday, Feb. 20, 10 - 11:30 a.m., Saint Ambrose University, Rogolski Center, Lectures free to the public.

Topics include:
The Village of East Davenport, Historic African American Settlement
Cork Hill, US Colored Troops, 60th and 108th Colored Infantries
Hamburg Gold Coast African American historic people, and places to visit.
Hilltop Campus village, African American Historic Places
Saint Ambrose University, African American alumni past, and present.
Modern Woodmen Park, Remembering Negro League Baseball, and baseball legend Gene Baker.



















 



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  Today is Friday, Sept. 19, the 262nd day of 2014. There are 103 days left in the year.
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1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
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