OTTUMWA-Please join us Tuesday January 24th for our January meeting of the Reminisce Society. Author Rachelle Chase will present in the Library meeting room, “Buxton, Iowa: A Coal Mining Town Ahead of Its Time.” She will explore the history of one of Iowa’s lost towns.
In 1900, at a time when Jim Crow laws, segregation, and the Ku Klux Klan kept blacks and whites separated, residents in Buxton, Iowa—a thriving coal mining town established by Consolidation Coal Company—lived, worked, and went to school side by side. African Americans—miners, teachers, business owners, doctors, lawyers, and more—made up more than half of the population for the first 10 years and remained the largest ethnic group until 1914. By 1922, Buxton was a ghost town.
Using photographs and rare audio clips from interviews with former Buxton residents, Author Rachelle Chase will share what made Buxton so unique, both in terms of the residents and the town itself, and why Buxton is still being talked about today.
Rachelle Chase is a senior business analyst for Fortune 500 companies, model, and published romance and nonfiction author, who lives in Ottumwa, Iowa. Her latest book, LOST BUXTON, was just released January 9, 2017 by Arcadia Publishing.
The Reminisce Society’s programs are free and open to everyone. If you are a person with a disability who requires special assistance or for further information, please call the library’s director, Sonja Ferrell at 641-682-7563, extension 202.