School District 65

Processing the Joe Hill Collection

Joseph E. Hill was a child of the 1920s, born to descendants of African American slaves in Marion, Illinois. At the age of three his father moved their family out of Marion’s coal mining country to escape the violence that came with the worker’s efforts to unionize. ... Read More

BESSIE M. RHODES: A LEGEND IN HER OWN TIME

— By Frank Santos The building had served a teachers training facility before it opened as Timber Ridge Magnet School in 1995. Ten years later it became the Dr. Bessie Rhodes Magnet School, the first educational facility in Evanston-Skokie school district to be named after an African-American woman. She was ... Read More