Shorefront Journal

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

Hands of Time: Hands on Pageantry

—by Dino Robinson . . .Look to this day! For today your child has became a Woman! A Beautiful  B L A C K  Woman! . . . —Excerpt from “Miss Black Evanston” 1971-72, composed by Maryland L. Williams and Morris McCorvey Four men with aspirations to join the ranks ... Read More

Shorefront Memories #004

Bonus Thompson, from Bcauedan (Greenville), South Carolina and his wife, Leithe, from Georgia, migrated from the south to Evanston and lived at 2242 Dewey Avenue from about 1909 to 1910. Mr. Thompson was employed as a “tinner” at that time. A tinner generally shaped and molded with tin. It was ... Read More

A Family Legacy: Esther Pringle Weldon reflects on her Family History

— By Dino Robinson Organized and to the point, Esther Pringle Weldon sat at her folding table behind several organized stacks of albums, obituaries, photographs and other family memorabilia. She is surrounded by photographs in her living and dining rooms meticulously displayed on the family piano, the couch and on ... Read More