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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.

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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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