Barbering was closely identified with African Americans in Lincoln's era. In 1850 Springfield had no white barbers, yet almost a quarter of the men who headed the city's 27 black families were barbers. They lived in small clusters throughout the city. More than 20 lived within three blocks of Lincoln's home. Opportunities were severely limited. Most were employed as domestic servants or in servile trades. The 1850s were difficult years for Springfield's black community. Hardening racial attitudes and intimidation caused many to leave. European immigrants competed for menial jobs. By 1860 there were three German barbers in town.
Florville composed this witty advertisement in 1841, before he moved his shop to this location. Lincoln enjoyed loitering about the shop, sometimes forgetfully leaving law books here for days.
|Series||This marker is part of the Illinois: Looking for Lincoln series|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Saturday, September 27th, 2014 at 6:14am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16S E 273502 N 4408846|
|Decimal Degrees||39.79945000, -89.64555000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 47.967', W 89° 38.733'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 47' 58.02" N, 89° 38' 43.98" W|
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|Area Code(s)||646, 917, 212, 347, 718|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 701-799 E Monroe St, Springfield IL 10014, US|
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