Monthly Archives: July 2014

Robbins, Illinois: home of black flight

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Archives related musings in a genealogical vein…or vice versa

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It’s been such a long time since I posted, I know. But, I’m still plugging away at that Master’s degree. This summer I am interning at the Smithsonian Institution Archives, working on some digitization and digital collections projects. Today, while working on the Black Aviators Videohistory collection, I discovered some interesting things about Robbins, IL. Let me preface my discovery by saying that Robbins, IL is connected to my mother’s side of the family. My gg-grandparents were Frank Witcher and Amanda Powers Witcher. Their daughter, Daisy Witcher Aycox, would go on to become  my maternal great-grandmother. Daisy had an older brother, Armstead Witcher, namesake to his grandfather, Armstead Powers.

Armstead Witcher was born around 1881, one of nine Witcher offspring. They were raised in Clarke County, Georgia, in the rural community of Sandy Creek. Like many young African American men of the time and region, Armstead didn’t learn to…

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