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Dear Harley Davidson.....

A couple of weeks ago, I had the day off from a grueling past couple of weeks and was excited about traveling to Milwaukee, WI to go to the Harley Davidson Museum to see the display of Bessie Stringfield. It's less than a 2 hour drive from my home and I was excited because it was a beautiful day to make that trip. Bessie Stringfield, “The Motorcycle Queen of Miami,” has traveled over the United States riding her motorcycle. Adopted by white parents, she got her first motorcycle when she was a teenager. She owned a total of 24 blue Harley Davidsons. This rebel rode during the Jim Crow era and the hatred and fear she experienced where at times she had to sleep on her motorcycle because hot

HEADSTONE FOR EUGENE WILLIAMS

The Eugene Williams Memorial Fundraising Committee is raising money to put a half ledger headstone at the burial site of Eugene Williams in Lincoln Cemetery on Chicago’s southside. Eugene Williams was a black teenager whose murder in 1919 sparked Chicago’s race riots that killed 38 Chicagoans from July 27 to August 3, 1919. It was the most violent and deadly riot in Chicago’s history. Eugene was murdered because he and some friends swam near a beach at the 29th street beach. They floated down on a little raft and rocks were thrown at them by a white man, during an ongoing dispute about access to the beach by black Chicagoans. A rock struck Eugene, and he drowned in Lake Michigan. When the

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