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Evanston Organizes: Evanston’s black community lacked recognition for decades. Shorefront Legacy Center aims to give it to them.

Shorefront founder Dino Robinson stands amongst the archives. Since its founding, the center’s collections have gone from three file folders labeled “Color” to more than 250 linear feet of archival material.

Rishika Dugyala, In Focus Editor
November 8, 2018
Filed under City, Evanston Organizes, Latest Stories, Local, Top City Stories, Top Stories

This story is part of a series of profiles of activist and community groups across Evanston. In 1995, Dino Robinson — anxious to explore the city’s black history — picked apart local archives, hoping to find some records. Any records. He found three sparse file folders labeled “color....

Butler Residence and Express Service named new African American heritage site

The location of the former residence and express service the Butlers operated on 1031 Sherman Ave.

Jack Austin, Reporter
August 26, 2020
Filed under City, Latest Stories, Local, Top City Stories, Top Stories

The former residence and place of business for Cornelius and Barbara Butler has been honored as one of eight African American heritage sites. The couple’s express service, previously located at 1031 Sherman Ave., is currently a vacant lot. Progress on honoring the sites have been halted due to financial...

William Twiggs’s barbershop and print shop honored as an African American heritage site

1619 Sherman Avenue, the former location of a barbershop and later a print shop run by William Twiggs.

Jack Austin, Reporter
August 20, 2020
Filed under City, Latest Stories, Local, Top Stories

The former site of William Twiggs’s barbershop and later printing press has been honored as one of eight African American Heritage Sites. The shop, once located at 1619 Sherman Ave., has since been replaced by a multi-story office building. Twiggs came to Evanston in 1884 when he was 17, according...

Home of Evanston’s first black resident named new African American heritage site

325 Dempster St. was home to Evanston’s first recorded black resident, Maria Murray. It is the location for one of eight new African American heritage sites in Evanston.

Olivia Yarvis, Reporter
August 5, 2020
Filed under City, Latest Stories, Local, Top Stories

Evanston’s first recorded black resident, 14-year-old Maria Murray, was bought out of slavery by the Vane family to work as an indentured servant in 1855. The home she shared with her husband, George Robinson, located at 325 Dempster St. is one of eight new African American heritage sites located across...

Butler Livery Stable’s original location at 914 Davis St. named new African American heritage site

Butler Livery Stable, located at 914 Davis St., was one of Evanston’s first black-owned businesses. It is the location for one of eight new African American heritage sites in Evanston.

Olivia Yarvis, Reporter
August 4, 2020
Filed under City, Latest Stories, Local

The entrepreneurial accomplishments of Henry Butler, one of Evanston’s first black business owners, will be honored through one of eight new African American heritage sites located throughout Evanston. The site will be located at 914 Davis St., the original location of Butler’s livery stable business. Butler...