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Eva Carroll Monroe, Susan Lawrence Dana and the Lincoln Colored Home

Eva Carroll Monroe, Susan Lawrence Dana and the Lincoln Colored Home

Presentation by Mary Frances
January 26, 6:30-7:30 PM

Lincoln Library, Carnegie Room
326 South 7th Street
Springfield, IL 62701
Free and open to the public

Eva Carroll Monroe — Although she was professionally engaged with the home from 1898 to 1933, she also had an interesting life outside of that. Her father was an enslaved person, Civil War veteran, and racial activist. Her mother died when she was 12, leaving Eva the oldest of eight children. She migrated to Springfield, Illinois when she was in her 20s and stayed here the rest of her life. During that time, she became a probation officer, was actively involved in her church, led civic organizations, and traveled. After the home closed in 1933, Eva continued to live there until a debilitating car accident.

Susan Lawrence Dana — had a long history of public service. In 1898 a unique home was established to serve a part of the community that had been previously excluded by other organizations. The Mary A. Lawrence Industrial Home later became incorporated as the Lincoln Colored Home with Mary A. Lawrence, Eva Monroe and Susan Lawrence Dana serving as the first officers. The home, as described by John A. Kumler in a fundraising appeal letter dated July 11, 1902, was “the only one of its kind in the State of Illinois.”

  • January 26, 2022
  • 6:30 pm

The Sumac Shop is located across from the Dana-Thomas House at 302 E. Lawrence Avenue