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An African American child enjoys Haight Park with climbing equipment and swings in June 1977. St. James Catholic Church is visible.

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An African American man at work at Barber-Colman Company at 1300 Rock Street. He may be working on the assembly of environmental controls.

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Cafeteria at the Barber-Colman plant at 1300 Rock Street.

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Cafeteria at the Barber-Colman plant at 1300 Rock Street.

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Housing on the south side of Green Street, east of Stewart Avenue, in Southwest Rockford, October 1975. Several African American residents can be seen in the front yards.

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Nokomo Heights public housing in the 2800 block of Kishwaukee Street. Several African American residents stand by the building. Built and operated by the county, Nokomo Heights was transferred to the Rockford Housing Authority in 1965. In 1969 the…

Sam Gaynor Transcript --  final .pdf
Samuel D. Gaynor was born in Rockford, Illinois in 1933. A West High School and North Carolina State Teachers' College graduate, Gaynor joined the Rockford Police Department as a Patrol Officer in 1958. He was the first African American officer to…

victory bell transcript final.pdf
Victory Bell was born in Mississippi to sharecropper parents. The family moved to Rockford, Illinois in 1945. In 1971 Bell became the first African American to serve on the Rockford City Council. He served as the fifth ward alderman from 1971-2009.

Interview with Lester Frazin.pdf
Lester Frazin was the Rabii of Temple Beth-el in Rockford from 1961-1974. In that capacity he actively worked for better race relations in Rockford and the Civil Rights of African Americans.

Monk Teba transcript final.pdf
Monk Teba, formerly known as Willie Kent, grew up in Rockford and graduated from West High School in 1964. He was an active member of the Rockford chapter of the Black Panther Party in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

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Ingersoll Milling Machine Company Leaders hold a "shop talk" for employees on the factory floor.

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An African-American man using an industrial sweeper to clean the floors of the new Whitney Metal Tool Company Plant on Huffman Boulevard in Rockford, Illinois. The company became a subsidiary of Roper Industries in 1961.

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African-American man using an industrial sweeper to clean the floors of the new Whitney Metal Tool Company Plant on Huffman Boulevard in Rockford, Illinois.

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Group of people attending the National Lock Company 25 Year Club Banquet. Edwin W. North is in the back center. North was the Vice President of Engineering and Research at the National Lock Company.

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View of the west end of Camp Grant taken from the top of the water tower. Appears to be the area immediately to the left of photograph 77.107.25 that shows the African American soldier's barracks.

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View of east end of Camp Grant. A fenced in area is in the foreground. This part shows the area of camp that housed African American soldiers. The KC hut [believed to be the Knights of Columbus] was the 3rd one from the side to left of the firebreak…

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Captain Cyril J. Ballam, dressed in military uniform, stands with baseball team the Browns. The team may have been affiliated with Camp Grant.

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Santa Claus greets an African-American girl as other children and adults look on. A man in military uniform stands at the left in front of a Christmas tree. Believed to be at Camp Grant during World War II.

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A crowd of children and a few adults gather around a film projector. Part of the recreational activities at Camp Grant during World War II.

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Men in circa world War I military uniforms riding horses, marching in parade. Looking north up Court Street from State Street, circa 1918. Court Street Methodist Church is in the background.

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Men in military uniforms in a parade on the 100 block of North Court Street. Court Street United Methodist Church is visible in the back.

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This photograph, showing a large group of people in a park-like setting, is labeled, "2nd Annual Picnic, Jos. Behr & Sons. Aug. 4, 1945."

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This photograph shows what might be the celebratory dinner in honor of Valspar's 160th anniversary in the ballroom at the Faust Hotel, 618-634 E. State St. at 4th Street. For an additional view and more information, see photo 2008.14.1.

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A large group of performers pose on stage for this photograph. Some are in black face. This may be the stage of the Grand Opera House on N. Wyman Street. However, there were several other performance venues at the time: the Bijou, the Mendelssohn…

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Looking down the center aisle of a hospital unit, with soldiers in beds on either side attended by nurses and doctors. An African American nurse stands next to a bed at the right.
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