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, Aug. 22, the 234th day of 2014. There are 131 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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