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Monmouth College government professor Carl Gamer unwittingly got caught in the middle of a racially charged controversy in 1963 when he sought to determine whether barbers licensed in Illinois were required to provide ethnic haircuts.

Monmouth barbershops sparked racial controversy in 1963

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Kennedy Reed, a Monmouth College student from Chicago, filed a complaint with the Illinois Human Relations Commission when he was refused haircuts by Monmouth barbers.

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Editor and historian for Monmouth College. Avid researcher of western Illinois history for 40 years. FB and Twitter. jrankin@monmouthcollege.edu

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