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In October 1962, Monmouth College students assist church members in constructing scaffolds and laying up concrete blocks for the church walls.

College professor provided boost to struggling church

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When the congregation of St. James A.M.E. Church was struggling to raise funds for a new building in 1962, Monmouth College professor Carl Gamer, the son of a Civil War veteran, spearheaded a community-wide effort to assist the building fund.
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Gamer purchased this display ad in the Review Atlas to call attention to the financial need of the A.M.E. Church.
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Church secretary Daisy Brooks surveys the nearly-completed church in 1964.

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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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