Migration

Researching Glencoe’s Racial Past

—By Celia Buckman I came to work at Shorefront through a circuitous series of realizations and referrals. During the summer of 2017, just before I went to college, I was reading Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy on my back porch in Glencoe. I was taken aback by Stevenson’s stories of defending ... Read More

Nathan Branch: Early Evanston Settler

— by Rhonda K. Craven After the Civil War, a number of blacks moved to Chicago and then to Evanston. Among them were men such as Daniel F. Garnett, Green A. Bell, Andrew Scott and William Ender. Some worked for prominent businessmen and politicians, while others started a variety of ... Read More
Laura Belle. Photo courtesy of Bruce Allen King

The Grandmothers. . .My Queens: Laura Belle

—By Bruce Allen King I have been blessed with having a very close and deep relationship with both of my grandmothers. Laura Eubanks Hadley, born January 9, 1907 in Charlottesville, Virginia, was the daughter of John Eubanks. She never knew her mother and her father was, from all observation, a ... Read More

Big Momma and ‘dem” Made Their Way to Cook and Clean . . .

—By Doria Johnson America is known as a country of suburbs, and the evolution of them during the 20th century is usually thought of in terms of elite, white enclaves. Some were industrial suburbs, which attracted factory and unskilled laborers. Some were, like Evanston, known as ‘domestic service suburbs’, which ... Read More