Category Archives: racism

His Name Was Mr. Jesse Harris

I posted an article last month about a man called Sam, who often walked through the old South Sprigg neighborhood. He was the subject of false rumors spread by the adults who lived there, simply because he was a black … Continue reading

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Does Anyone Remember a Man Named Sam?

Does anyone else from the Sprigg Street neighborhood remember an African-Amercan man named Sam? He had mostly white hair from what I could see, although he always had on a hat with a droopy brim. He always had a pole … Continue reading

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‘Living in Smelterville’ Written by a Reader of Sprigg Street Memories

American Environmental Photographs Collection, [AEP Image Number, e.g., AEP-MIN73], Department of Special Collections, University of Chicago Library. The above photo, although not taken in Cape, looks familiar to those who lived in or near Smelterville. The main difference between what … Continue reading

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Disclaimer: For Anyone Offended by My Use of the Word ‘Lies’

“To be clear, my mother would never purposely teach me a lie. I use the word lie because it refers to an untruth; my mother’s motivation was not to lie to me but she did pass on untruths unknowingly.” The … Continue reading

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My Brother Didn’t Buy the Lies – Part 3

  This is a continuation of a series of posts: Late 50’s – May Greene School – and the Lies I believed – Part 1 Lies I Believed – Part 2 (He’s gonna’ kill me! 🙂 Don’t you just love … Continue reading

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Lies I Believed – Part 2

Continued from Late 1950’s – May Greene School -And the Lies I Believed: I am conflicted about writing on the subject of racism because I don’t wish to dishonor anyone, especially my family, but I think that the story needs … Continue reading

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Late 50’s – May Greene School – and the Lies I Believed – Part 1

I began attending May Greene School when I was in the 4th grade. Up until that time I had gone to schools that had only white students because the schools were located in white neighborhoods. However, May Greene School had … Continue reading

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