Posts Tagged ‘Scott County Historic Preservation Society’

Program on Alexander G. Clark, 19th century civil rights advocate from Muscatine

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Join us on Thursday, November 11, at 6:30 p.m.  in partnership with the Scott County Historic Preservation Society, for an interesting and eye-opening program on the African American Alexander G. Clark, who lived in Muscatine in the 19th century.  The speaker will be Kent Sissel who is currently living in Clark’s house.  In fact, the whole neighborhood around Clark’s house is being nominated for the National Historic Register.  Clark recruited a regiment of black soldiers during the Civil War.  He challenged Iowa’s denial of the vote to black citizens as well as the Muscatine School Board policy of separate schools for black children.  This resulted in the Iowa Supreme Court ruling in 1868 that established equal rights for all Iowa students–86 years before the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that did the same thing for every state’s students.  This is a perfect program for all you lifelong learners out there!