Category: History

The Danger Of Black Wealth

Monday, April 29, 2019 || By Michael Romain || OPINION || @maywoodnews

Featured image: A black barbershop in “Boss: The Black Experience in Business.” | Courtesy Library of Congress

When John H. Johnson, the creator of the iconic Ebony and Jet magazines, went to purchase office space, he brought along a white man to act as the buyer while Johnson played the part of a janitor in order to inspect the building, his daughter recalled.

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Why Is Our Township Named Proviso? Hint: It Has To Do With Slavery

Saturday, April 6, 2019 || By Curiosities of Forest Park/Forest Park Review || @maywoodnews

Featured image: David Wilmot, the man who would eventually help give Proviso Township its name. | Scanned by Bob Burkhardt – Carl Schurz, Life of Henry Clay, Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co., 1899, Vol. 2, facing p. 286

The story of the name’s origin goes back to the 1840’s when a Democratic congressman from Pennsylvania, David Wilmot, proposed a ban on slavery in any state acquired during the Mexican-American War.

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