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Welcome to the Illinois State Historical Sociey's online store. Over the years the Society has accumulated many books and since it is neither a research center nor a lending library, we have created this Store to make these books available for purchase. Most are single title items in like new condition. In addition to books, we are also offering for sale back issues of the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society and Illinois Heritage, art work, and stationery. All proceeds from these sales will be used to support the Illinois State Historical Society.

*Most of the books for sale are new or very gently used and in extremely good condition.  If you have any specific questions, please feel free to call the office at 217-525-2781, Ext. 1.

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Going Over All the Hurdles: A Life of Oatess Archey
Going Over All the Hurdles: A Life of Oatess Archey

Explore the career of Oatess Archey, the first African-American to be elected sheriff of Grant County. Raised in Marion, Indiana, the young Archey and his loving family lived under the cloud of the notorious 1930 lynching of two young black men. A star athlete, Archey endured discrimination when he attempted to return to his hometown after college and find a teaching job with the Marion schools. Forced to take a janitorial position with the school system, Archey later became a beloved teacher and coach, before moving on to a career in law enforcement with the FBI. He returned to Marion in triumph and served as a popular sheriff for Grant County. Going Over All the Hurdles is the fifth volume in the IHS Press youth biography series.


Publisher: Indiana Historical Society Press, 2008


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