Author Rachelle Chase will join us to speak about Buxton, Iowa and its interesting thread of Iowa history and continuing relevance. Chase penned the Lost Buxton edition of the Arcadia Publishing historical book series, Images of America and more recently Creating the Black Utopia of Buxton, Iowa (2019).
Some have called Buxton, Iowa a Black Utopia. In the town of five thousand residents, established in 1900, African Americans and Caucasians lived, worked and attended school together. It was a thriving one-of-a-kind coal mining town created by the Consolidation Coal Company. This inclusive approach provided opportunity for its residents. Dr. E.A. Carter was the first African American to get a medical degree from the University of Iowa in 1907. He returned to Buxton and was hired by the coal company, where he treated both black and white patients. Attorney George Woodson ran for file clerk in the Iowa Senate for the Republican Party in 1898, losing to a white man by one vote. Author Rachelle Chase details the amazing events that created this unique community, what made it disappear, and how it’s still relevant to us today.
Attendees will have an opportunity to enter to win a signed copy of her work following this event!
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