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Lest We Forget…The Great Migration: Building Beloit’s Labor Force

October 17, 2021 @ 2:00 pm 6:00 pm

Explore an important part of Beloit history: how many African American men and their families came to Beloit during the Great Migration to work at Fairbanks Morse. We’ll start at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish Center, 822 E. Grand Ave. in Beloit with an Introduction by Dorothy Harrell. Then we’ll go in a car caravan to sites that are part of this story: The Chicago and North Western train depot, Fairbanks-Morse Company, the initial housing campground, historic Edgewater Flats (“Fairbanks Flats”) company-built apartment buildings to house Black employees, the Black YMCA, and more. We’ll return to the church for discussion and light refreshments.

This is our response to pending Wisconsin legislation AB411 and AB413 which would limit what public school teachers in Wisconsin, k-12 through higher education, can teach about race-related topics if they became law.

For more information, contact Ruth Kolpack at justiceovercomingborders@charter.net

822 E. Grand Ave.
Beloit, Wisconsin 53511
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