Doors open at 6:30 ~ Presentation begins at 7:00 P.M.

Virgil Mayberry ~ Black Civil War Soldiers
Diane Oestreich ~ “Prince Hall Masonic Home-Rock Island’s Black Legacy”
Clayton Peterson ~ FACTS AND FABRICATIONS ~ Underground Railroad Quilt

“UNITED STATES COLORED TROOPS 108TH REGIMENT INFANTRY IN THE QUAD CITIES AREA 1861” The 108th regiment was stationed at the Rock Island Prison Barracks from September 1864 to May 1865.  It was largely made up of former slaves from Kentucky who were charged with guarding Confederate prisoners of war here on Arsenal Island.  These troops were housed at the Arsenal. In a most interactive way, Mr. Mayberry will discuss the way "colored" people were treated during their time as soldiers at the Arsenal. Additionally, he will look at their "off-time" in Davenport's notorious Bucktown. Mr. Mayberry brings a balanced approach to the subject of race, admitting he includes not only the positive attributes of the "colored" soldiers but their warts as well. A must-see for people interested in how African Americans were treated locally 150 years ago.  This presentation will bring to life the history of the 108th.

“PRINCE HALL MASONIC HOME- ROCK ISLAND’S BLACK LEGACY”   Rock Island is home to a nearly hidden and mostly forgotten treasure of black history.  In 1899, local black Masons announced the purchase of a 4 ½ acre lot on the Rock River to provide a home for the aged Masons, widows, and orphans throughout the state.  It was named for Prince Hall, an English-born American and the first black man to become a Master Mason.   In 1904, a large frame home was constructed on the site, the first Prince Hall Masonic Home.

It was not until 1927 that the long-planned, stately building depicted was finally constructed.    By 1969 the Prince Hall Masonic Home had been surrounded by apartment buildings, making the original structure nearly invisible.   Today it still stands, no longer bearing the Prince Hall name, but commanding a beautiful view of the Rock River and a symbol of a proud and foresighted history.

The presentation will have photos of the original building as well as contemporary views.
“FACTS AND FABRICATIONS” it is all about the journey.  Clayton Peterson began quilting in 2010 following retirement in November of 2009 from the U.S. Postal Service.  This fact and fabrications journey includes quilt #25 “Underground Railroad” the story behind many of the blocks in this ‘sampler’ quilt.  The journey for Mr. Peterson and this quilt began in 2011 and finished more than 12 months latter in August of 2012.  This piece of the program will contain many facts about slavery and escape and many folk lore examples of that journey.
“Ohio Star” is the pattern name of this block.  It is one of the blocks featured in the Underground Railroad portion of the program.  Many of the Southern Slaves found safe haven in the state of Ohio.

Socialization and light refreshments to follow.

Public is welcome to attend