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East St. Louis’ new Historical Society to gather

Members at last month’s meeting (seated from left): Judge Walter Brandon, Tiffany Lee, Jaye P. Willis, and Reginald Petty. Standing: Paulette Shipp, Fannie Thornton Young, Andrew Theising (back), Tiara Moore (and child), William Shannon (back), Darlene Roy, Richard Hudlin, Andrew Bailey, Saundra Shaffer Brown, Bob Gill, Nzinga Medley, Redina Medley, Norman Ross (back), Billie Turner, Bestine Tourijigian and Ellis Conley Davis.

The next meeting of the half-year-old East St. Louis Historical Society is Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 5:15 p.m. in the Children’s Activity Center of the City Library, 5300 State St.

All citizens are welcome to attend. The group, founded by Reginald Petty, continues to fashion an identity, develop committees, locate funding sources, catalog cultural traditions and historical sites and search for edifices to house artifacts and memorabilia.

Inquiries may be sent to I AM EStL, Suite B (Attention: Historical Society), 518 Missouri Ave., East St. Louis, IL 62201. Photo and texts are courtesy of EBR Collection:


  1. Paula Eitzenhefer on February 11, 2020 at 3:32 pm

    E St. Louis has a lot of really awesome architecture. I’d really love to know the history of these buildings.

  2. David Smith on June 7, 2020 at 3:06 pm

    What can you tell me about Mariam (Mamie) Koons
    Smith Winkler Knight. I know she passed away in Los Angeles in 1937 from cancer and is buried in Rose Hills Memorial Park. I don’t know much about her earily life before LA Or her parents

  3. Robert Walker on April 16, 2021 at 1:41 pm

    It’s really nice to see Mrs. Willis involved in the community. Jaye, never forget where we came from. It was once a beautiful place to live. I never got over you.

  4. John H. Whitfield on July 31, 2021 at 7:25 am

    I applaud the work your organizational is doing to preserve and promote this city’s history.. It has been neglected for too long.

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