Illinois History Minutes

July 29 Illinois History Minute


It’s July 29th, and on this day in 1829, negotiations wrapped up on the Second Treaty of Prairie du Chien, between President Andrew Jackson’s administration and the United Nations of Chippewa, Ottawa and Potawatomi Indians. The treaty gave the U-S more than 3-thousand acres of land in Illinois and Wisconsin.

Civil rights activist, the Reverend C.T. Vivian was born this week in 1924, and grew up in Macomb. During a visit to his home town years later, Vivian remembered how he stood up to a bully at Macomb’s Lincoln School.

Vivian moved to Peoria, where his civil rights work attracted the attention of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior.