Monthly Archives: July 2016

A. Morris Williams (lawyer, developer)

A. Morris Williams was a prominent African-American attorney and real estate developer in Springfield from the 1900s to the 1930s. See Dudley Hotel.

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Brown Hotel

The Brown Hotel (or Hotel Brown) was the original name of a building at 11th and Adams streets that was built expressly as a hotel exclusively for African-Americans. See Dudley Hotel.

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Dudley Hotel

The Negro Motorist Green Book, a nationwide guide for the African-American traveler, for 20 years listed only one hotel in Springfield as open to blacks: the Dudley Hotel, 130 S. 11th St. The Dudley and its predecessors at the same … Continue reading

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Historical markers in Sangamon County

The Historical Marker Database lists 101 markers in Sangamon County. Most are part of the Looking for Lincoln and Lincoln Home marker series, but the database includes others as well. A check of a dozen marker descriptions ¬†indicates the database’s … Continue reading

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Noble Bates Wiggins (hotelier)

Noble Bates Wiggins (1841-1901) was one of the original managers and later owner of the Leland Hotel. See Leland Hotel.

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Leland Hotel

The Leland Hotel, on the northwest corner of Sixth Street and Capitol Avenue, played host to travelers, party-goers, celebrities and politicians for 103 years in Springfield. The hotel probably got its most extensive public notice when it served as national … Continue reading

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