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Photo, biography and newspaper clippings of Olive Julia Decatur.

Black and white photo of teacher Olive Decatur with some of her students at Parkview High School. Decatur, a teacher at Lincoln School, was the first African American to teach in the Springfield Public Schools' formerly white schools after desegregation in 1954. RESTRICTED ACCESS. DO NOT USE WITHOUT PERMISSION.

Black and white photo of a teachers field trip to the Frisco railroad. Susan Shepard is pictured in the center front of the photo, Olive Decatur is behind her.

Plaque reading, "Literary, Calm Chat Club, 1928-1978, Charter Members, Ada Fulbright Cordia Penn, Olive J. Decatur Mary Tolliver, Zelma Graham Esther Campbell, Roberta Bartley Grace Stephens, Other Members, Effie Kent Elsie Nicholas, Pauline Deimer Thelma Reid, Alvita Decatur Florence Thompson, Daisy C. Jenkins Rosanna Williams"

Black and white photo of the Junior Class of 1946, sponsored by Mrs. Olive Decatur.

A picture taken at the Frisco Railroad during a teacher's field trip to the station.

Lelah-Belle Davis, a relative of the donor was a graduate of the university of Colorado and lived in the Louvre while studying French in Paris-worn and scuffed, laces may be replacements; one pair of children's red leather high top lace-up shoes with black and tan fabric trim, tan shoelaces; made of leather, lace, copper nails; size inside maker stamped on bottom; machine made

Black and white photoprint of a group of Lincoln School teachers seated in front of bookcases. Front Row (seated; l-r): Roberta Thomas Bartley, Mary Tollivar, Goler Collins (principal), Geneva Cobb (wife of black dentist), Olive Decatur, Leona Reed. Back Row (standing): Mary Caroline Patterson (school secretary), John Hughes, Frances Harrington Douglas, Jackson Cannafax, Cordia Penn, D. Culp.

Black and white photo made from a newspaper clipping of the Calm Chat Club 42nd Anniversary meeting. In the photo, l-r, are: Roberta Bartley, Cordia Penn, Roseana Williams, Zelma Graham, Daisy Jenkins, Frankie Anderson, Modene Johnston, Mildred Robinson, Ruthie Pitts, Olive Decatur, Sue Simmons, Ollie Allen and Effie Hughes. The group was a litereary club formed in 1928 for female African- American teachers . Books were purchased, read and discussed and then given to the Black school. Other fund-raising activities were also conducted by the club.

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