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 Saturday, April 19, the 109th day of 2014. There are 256 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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