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In 1929, on Beardstown's 100th anniversary, The Illinoian Star published an article called "Negroes Have Always Avoided Beardstown." It ended with the sentence, "Beardstown has never felt kindly toward the 'culled Gemmen' and while no violence has been attempted toward those of the class who happened into the city, it has always been quite evident that they were not welcome." This all changed in the mid-90s. The isolated, all-white river town 45 miles west of Springfield,...
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