Where was Unison Colored School

“ I have explored your question with several historians and examined various histories of African-American education and life in this area.  No one has any knowledge of a specific African-American or “colored” school in the village of Unison itself and none is recorded in any of the studies we examined.  However there are several other possibilities that came up in our research.  The most likely is that Ms Gillem taught in or close to the village of St Louis, which is right next to the village of Unison and was the largest African American community in the area in the period you mention and had a school.  … The other possibilities are that she taught in the village of Willisville, another African American community about 2 miles from Unison, where there was a school, or that she taught in a private home (there are some examples of African American teachers  working with students in private homes in this area early in the last century).  I am sorry that, so far, we can’t provide any more specific information. If you have any more information that might help us discover more, please let us know.   Regards,  Mitch Diamond,  Unison Preservation Society” 11/15/2014″

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