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Black History Month 2020

Judge James B. Parsons

James B. Parsons was the first black nominated to the U.S. District Court and in 1975 was named chief judge of the Federal District Court for the Northern District of IL. Parsons Grade School was named in his honor in 1967.

Fred and Harry Long

Fred and Harry Long were well known athletes. Harry played mainly baseball while Fred was known for both football and basketball.

Marie Gray Baker

Marie Gray Baker was a historian and founding member of the Decatur branch of NAACP.

Edwin D. Sheen

Edwin D. Sheen became a journalist, college professor and Chicago editor.

Sheriff Roger Walker

Roger Walker was the first African-American elected to county sheriff in Illinois.

Vinnie's BBQ

Vinnie's BBQ is a family owned business. IL Food Systems best describes Vinnie in a newsletter. "Vinnie has a big heart. His concern for the community brings people in his door and his dedication to serving a quality product keeps them coming back."

Frank S. Lee

Educator, introduced Montessori curriculum to DPS 61

Eddie Redmon

Basketball, football and softball athlete