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Mrs Katie Sims Foster & the Great Migration

April 7 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

There will be no EGS meeting on this date, April 7. Due to the closing of the Gail Borden Public Library, this program will either be cancelled or rescheduled.

Please see the Gail Borden website for more information.

Mrs. Katie Sims Foster will talk about her experience coming to Chicago during the “Great Migration.” The Great Migration was the largest mass movement in American history. It began in 1915 and continued into the 1970s. During period, more than 7 million African Americans left the South and headed north and west.   Five hundred thousand African Americans ultimately moved to the Chicago area.  Mrs. Foster will be portrayed by her granddaughter Val Swan who will share Katie Sims Foster life in Mississippi including working in a apron factory to support her family and relocating to Chicago.

Val Swan has done extensive research on her family.  She is a member of the Elgin Genealogical Society and co-chair of the Edgewater Genealogy Group.

Meeting Rm: Meadows A/B


April 7
9:30 am - 12:00 pm


Gail Borden Public Library
270 N. Grove Avenue
Elgin, IL 60120 United States
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