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Welcome to the Personal Collection of Elnorah Huff-Williamson, this page was created to preserve the Culture Heritage of the African American community. The Elnorah Huff-Williamson Collection was an abandoned collection that was left for waste. Upon receiving this collection, It was an honor to have the opportunity to play a key role in the preservation of this forgotten Chicago treasure. The collection holds rare photos, letters, deteriorating newspapers, programs and ephemeral that have never been seen before. This collection is unique in its findings and due to the manner in which it was created, is a primary source for research. It was created involuntarily during a very important time in American history, dating the archives to the late 1940’s thru early 1960’s.

The collection holds historical and intrinsic value, placing the bulk of the collection during a time of unrest; the 1950’s. A significant turn of events took place, such as the Montgomery Bus Boycott http://www.history.com/topics/black-history/montgomery-bus-boycott, Rosa Park parks refusing to give up her seat, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosa_Parks, segregation ruled illegal in the U.S. and the murder of Emmitt Till http://www.biography.com/people/emmett-till-507515. These life altering events transpired and forever changed the history of an entire nation.

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This rare photo was taken at the Roberts Show Club in the mid 1950’s. No exact date could be located. Elnorah performing directly behind a blackface entertainer in a minstrel show. Blackface originated in the 19th century, it was a way to stereotype blacks, which depicted and humiliated blacks for all of history, http://black-face.com/ http://thegrio.com/2013/10/30/a-brief-history-of-blackface-just-in-time-for-halloween/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackface

-Lisa Roberts

 

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