Two houses represent a forgotten period of segregation in Iowa City, University of Iowa history

The houses at 942 Iowa Ave and 914 S Dubuque St in Iowa City may seem nondescript — just another couple of old, off-campus rental properties for college students — save for the rust-brown metal signs out front. These signs, funded by a grant from the National Park Service, detail the background of the Iowa Federation Home and Tate Arms house, which have had quiet but important roles in the history of Iowa City and the University of Iowa. […]

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Keeping the faith: Iowa City’s Bethel AME Church celebrates 150 years

In a city with few remaining historic buildings and a population constantly in flux, Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church is a rarity. Bethel, Iowa City’s only historically black church, is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. The church still stands on the same Governor Street lot its founders bought for $50 in 1868, just three years after the end of the Civil War. […]

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Black History Month events finish out February

February may be half over, but a series of Black History Month events continue in Iowa City, running the gamut from culinary celebration to educational performances and mobile healthcare. This Friday, Feb. 19, City High (1900 Morningside Dr.) will host a soul food dinner with traditional southern foods from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. During the meal, […]

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