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Program features stories of African-Americans

A local series on diversity featured the stories of African-Americans in Appleton, in the late 1800's.

Nick Hoffman is the chief curator at the History Museum at the Castle, and he took part in last night's "Walk A Mile" program, at the Appleton Public Library.

Hoffman says Mary Cleggett was a student at Lawrence University in the 1870s, and she wanted to improve the lives of young black students in the South. He says she faces a lot of risks by going there to teach children.

Horace Artis was a Civil War veteran, and Hoffman says his unit was at the Appomattox courthouse, when General Robert E. Lee surrendered.

Joseph Elmore was also a veteran of the Civil War, and he owned a barber shop in Appleton. Hoffman says he was known as the "dean of barbers" and he became a community leader for African-Americans.

Appleton is holding its fifth annual Juneteenth celebration on Sunday. It's at City Park from noon to 5 p.m.

posted : June, 20th by WHBY


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