Category: History

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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VFP Debuts Inaugural List Of Proviso Township’s History Makers And Living Legacies

Monday, February 18, 2019 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews

Featured image: (Bottom row, Left to right): Talei Thompson, Cook County Clerk Karen Yarbrough and Christopher Parker. Top row, Patrick Hardy and Sen. Kimberly Lightford. | Illustration by Shanel Romain

The Village Free Press is proud to present our inaugural list of Living Black History Makers and Living Legacies. The first five individuals are people who helped create local history in Proviso Township in 2018. The Living Legacies are individuals who have created spheres of influence in their communities over a number of years.

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