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Proviso East Students Culminate African-American History Month at the West Town Museum

Proviso East High School students began celebrating Black History Month by creating graphic design portraits of Maywood Civil Rights Pioneers. They ended the month with a tour and lecture at Maywood’s own West Town Museum of Cultural History.

About 20 Proviso East High School students participated in a field trip to the West Town Museum as a culmination of their studies on the segregation and discrimination periods, from 1880-1910. This period included the Plessy vs. Ferguson Supreme Court Decision, the Springfield, Illinois Race Riots and the founding of the N.A.A.C.P.

The field trip began with a welcome by West Town Museum Curator, Jeri Woodard, who also gave a brief overview of the history and purpose of the museum. Executive Director, Mrs. Northica Stone, and Woodard talked with students about the history of their neighborhood, how the civil rights movement impacted their lives, and how the civil rights movement impacted the Maywood community. Students were also introduced to the museum’s various Black History exhibits.

“I think this field trip was a great opportunity to learn about our community and how it used to be,” said Proviso East junior Levell Nevels. “My favorite part of the field trip was when we learned about how Maywood and the Proviso Township were in the early 1900s.”

Proviso East senior Tabatha Anderson said, “My favorite part about the field trip was when Ms. Stone told everyone about the history of Proviso East High School. I had a good time.”

Earlier this month Proviso East High School art students partnered with the Village of Maywood and The West Town Museum to honor the pioneers, civil rights leaders, and African American History makers of Maywood. During the museum field trip students had a greater opportunity to study African-American History and the history of their community.

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