Corrections: May 17 – May 23

In the May 20 posting, “The Sound and the Fury,” the following paragraph in reference to the Fowlkes family was written:

“Fowlkes claims that his family was one of the first that settled in Maywood. On the back of the event program, I read that his grandmother, Arwilder Fowlkes, “was the First Black [sic] graduate of Washington Elementary School and the First Black to graduate from Proviso East High School. She was also one of the organizers of 2nd Baptist Church of Maywood.” Fowlkes’s father was apparently the first black assistant director of the Maywood Park District. His uncle, Robert Wesley Fowlkes, was Proviso East High School’s first black dean of students and the founder of Operation Uplift.”

It was brought to our attention that Fowlkes’s grandmother was actually the second black student that graduated from Proviso East and Washington Elementary. In addition, his father was the first black athletic director of District 89. This article has since been emended.

In the May 23 posting, “Mr. Rogers’s Field of Dreams,” we accidentally misspelled Michael Rogers’s name in the title, writing Michael Roger, instead. That article has since been emended.

VFP<Integrity First.

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  1. Dear Mr. Romain,

    This is to respond to information that you posted on May 20, 2013, entitled: “The Sound and The Fury.”

    Although Operation UpLift, nor its West Town Museum did not attend the rally, we commend the sponsors for advancing a positive effort to heal the ills of our community.

    In the interest of correcting history, please revise your post as follows. Operation UpLift Center, Inc. was founded in 1968 by my late husband, George E. Stone, Sr.; Lyle W. Francis of Illinois Bell; and Rev. Wallace W. Sykes, of Second Baptist Church. The Lyles-Fowlkes Family moved to Maywood from Wheaton during the Great Migration, and became one of several Negro families that settled here. The first Negro family to live and purchase a Maywood home was Ivan & Amanda Hurst. Mother Amanda was one of the founding members of the Second Baptist Church; the Rev. James Swanson was the founding pastor in 1904, thus becoming the oldest African-American Church in Maywood. In 1905, a group from Oak Park that was meeting from house to house moved to Maywood, and founded Canaan A.M.E. Church.

    Further research of the West Town Museum has established that the Village of Maywood was a segregated municipality and practiced Restricted Covenant housing. Negroes & Jews were relegated to live from 10th to 14th Avenues, between Madison Street & St. Charles Road.

    As a result, Washington School is the First Historic Black Elementary School in District 89. Per the records from (now) Proviso East High School, the West Town Museum obtained the names of the early Afro-American graduates:
    1. Ida Evans–1899
    2. Charles Chuck” Walton–1911
    3. Quinella Watson-Hathaway–1918
    4. Arwilda Lyles-Fowkles–1920
    5. Lucille Watson–1920

    If you and other present-day Maywood residents are interested in being educated regarding the Community’s history, the Museum is open each Wednesday from 9:30 AM–3 PM; or on other days by appointment.

    In addition, the public is urged to support this summer’s First Annual African-American Heritage Trail Tours. These will include the Museum and identify homes & individuals who made up the Bronzeville section of Maywood.

    These tours are being planned by Maywood’s Special Events Commission, with the cooperation of the Maywood Historical Society and the West Town Museum of Cultural History.

    Donations are being accepted to fund permanent historic signage, that will be installed throughout the once Restricted Covenant District.

    For further information, call: (708) 343-3554.

    Submitted By: Northica Hillery-Stone,
    President/CEO (Operation UpLift, Inc.)

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