Carey, Velma

Velma Carey, her husband, Lee Carey, and their children moved from Champaign, Illinois to Springfield, Illinois, in 1956. Through involvement in her children’s schools, Mrs. Carey became aware of conditions in the Springfield school district, and was involved in the desegregation lawsuit that was filed. She also talked about the work that was done in the early 1990s to study the Springfield Race Riot of 1908, and describes difficulties her family had in finding housing in Springfield.

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