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From Refugee to Citizen: Stories About Being Black in the 20th Century

Sanders Hicks and Other Firefighters

On October 21, 1916 in Abbeville, South Carolina, emancipated slave and cotton farmer Anthony P. Crawford was lynched, his land was seized, and his family was told to leave town.


Fleeing Abbeville as refugees, many of Anthony Crawford’s relatives settled in Evanston, Illinois, on the outskirts of Chicago, where they were unwanted by the lakefront community.


But over the next 75 years, they broke through Evanston’s social and economic barriers to become the city’s leaders.


Hear first-person accounts of their struggle and success at a showing of the documentary film Evanston’s Living History.


This event is free and open to all. Drop in for a fun time.

Event Details

Program Time: 
07:00pm - 08:00pm
Room Reservation: 
02/05/2020 - 5:00pm to 9:00pm
Event Category: 
Event Location: 
Name of Organization: 
Warwick Public Library
Contact Name: 
Wil Gregersen