Monthly Archives: November 2015

Faith Logan (African-American history interviews)

Born in Jamaica, Faith Logan moved to Springfield in 1980. In an interview for the Springfield African-American History Foundation series, she discussed her family, racism in Springfield, her activities as a community activist, and the Harriet Tubman-Susan B. Anthony Women’s … Continue reading

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Charles Lockhart (African-American history interviews)

Springfield native Charles Lockhart, Jr. played in the Feitshans High School band and in the Colored Municipal Band. He was a member of the Navy Band while in the service.  In an interview for the Springfield African-American History Foundation series, … Continue reading

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Ruth Jackson (African-American history interviews)

Ruth Jackson moved to Springfield in 1954. In an interview for the Springfield African-American History Foundation series, she discusses her marriage to George Sidney “Sid” Jackson; their children; Springfield schools; her husband’s work in the hotel business; her own work … Continue reading

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Ida Jackson (African-American history interviews)

Ida Jackson, born in Springfield in 1938, grew up in the John Hay Homes, attending Palmer Grade School and Lanphier High School. In an interview for the Springfield African-American History Foundation series,  Jackson discusses  various jobs she has held, both … Continue reading

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Beverly Helm-Renfro (African-American history interviews)

Beverly Helm-Renfro was adopted when she was six months old and moved to Springfield with her foster parents. In an interview for the Springfield African-American History Foundation series, she discusses growing up in Springfield, including the changes she has witnessed … Continue reading

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Rudy Davenport (African-American history interviews)

Born in Georgia in 1928, Rudy Davenport and his family moved to Chicago the next year.  He grew up in Chicago, graduated from Roosevelt University, and moved to Springfield in 1966. Davenport worked for the state of Illinois and was … Continue reading

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Theresa Faith Cummings (African-American history interviews)

Theresa Faith Cummings, a sixth-generation resident of Springfield, was the first director of the Community Action Agency’s Neighborhood Center. In an interview for the Springfield African-American History Foundation series, Cummings discusses the center’s services, her family’s history in Springfield, family … Continue reading

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Velma Carey (African-American history interviews)

Velma Carey, her husband, Lee Carey, and their children moved from Champaign to Springfield in 1956. Through involvement in her children’s schools, Mrs. Carey became aware of conditions in the Springfield school district and was involved in the school district … Continue reading

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Rosia Adams (African-American history interviews)

Rosia Adams moved to Springfield in the early 1970s . In an interview for the Springfield African-American History Foundation series, she discusses finding a job teaching in Springfield schools and her career in the school system. She also talks about … Continue reading

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Covered bridges (Genealogy Trails information)

At least 30 covered bridge sites have been identified in Sangamon County, more than anywhere else in Illinois, according to an article posted on a family history web site, Genealogy Trails. The writer – Genealogy Trails contributors appear to all … Continue reading

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