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Carbondale, Illinois
Anti-war protests at Southern Illinois University in May of 1970. Students hit the streets protesting troops being sent to Cambodia #littleegypt
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Anti-war protests at Southern Illinois University in May of 1970. Students hit the streets protesting troops being sent to Cambodia #littleegypt . . . 📸 - The Southern

Herrin, Illinois
Chuck’s BBQ in Herrin, Illinois. No date given, but guessing early 80’s #littleegypt

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Chuck’s BBQ in Herrin, Illinois. No date given, but guessing early 80’s #littleegypt

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In case you missed @jimrasor on @wsilnews this evening... #littleegypt

Carbondale, Illinois
February 27, 1984 in Carbondale, Illinois #littleegypt
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February 27, 1984 in Carbondale, Illinois #littleegypt . . .📸 - The Southern Illinoisan

Benton, Illinois

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It’s rare I get to bring content I’d post from my other pages here, but I’ll take what I can get. Little Egypt native Doug Collins, who was born in Christopher and attended high school in Benton, is on the ballot for the 2021 NBA Hall of Fame class. Collins played at Benton under the late Rich Herrin before attending Illinois State to play for the Redbirds. In 1972 he represented the USA in the Olympic Games and in 1973 he was drafted first overall in the NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers. In 1976, NBA legend Julius Erving joined the Sixers. He along with George McGinnis and Collins lead Philadelphia to the NBA Finals, eventually losing to Portland. His playing career ended early in 1981 due to injuries, but his basketball career was just getting started. By 1986, Collins had taken his first head coaching job with the Chicago Bulls and rising star Michael Jordan. Collins helped Chicago return to the Conference Finals for the first time over a decade during his tenure. When Air Jordan came out of retirement in 2001, it was Collins that Jordan hired to lead his team. Now, at the age of 69, Collins is still working in the NBA as an adviser for the Chicago Bulls. Little Egypt has such a rich basketball history! Follow my other pages @goodbirger and @nicekicksvault for similar content! #littleegypt

Carterville, Illinois
Downtown Carterville in the early 1900’s #littleegypt

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Downtown Carterville in the early 1900’s #littleegypt

Marion, Illinois

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When Marions population began booming in the early 1900’s, new schools were erected around town. This is Logan High School which was located at 414 E Main St. The building sat in what is now the Washington Elementary playground. The building stood until 1978, but today there’s little evidence it even existed #littleegypt

Stoneface
Lindolph Oscar Trigg sitting on top of Stone Face in the 1930’s. Trigg was a newspaper publisher from Eldorado, Illinois who helped establish the Shawnee National Forest. He’s also the name behind Trigg Tower #littleegypt

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Lindolph Oscar Trigg sitting on top of Stone Face in the 1930’s. Trigg was a newspaper publisher from Eldorado, Illinois who helped establish the Shawnee National Forest. He’s also the name behind Trigg Tower #littleegypt

Shawneetown, Illinois
Shawneetown High School in the mid 1920’s #littleegypt

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Shawneetown High School in the mid 1920’s #littleegypt

Benton, Illinois
George and Peter Harrison with their sister Louise in Benton, Illinois 1963 #littleegypt

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George and Peter Harrison with their sister Louise in Benton, Illinois 1963 #littleegypt

Murphysboro, Illinois
Murphysboro High School from a 1910 postcard #littleegypt

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Murphysboro High School from a 1910 postcard #littleegypt

Cairo, Illinois
Kneeling second from the left is American hero John Lewis. In 1962 he spent his summer in Cairo, Illinois during Operation Open City. This was an 11 point plan organized by Lewis, the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee and the Cairo Non-Violent Freedom Committee aimed at desegregating Cairo, in particular the towns restaurants, roller skating rink and swimming pool. The group set up ‘kneel-in’s’ across town throughout the summer to protest the continued segregation happening in Cairo. The group was met with fierce resistance from white business owners and residents in the area. A law had already been passed ending segregation in Illinois restaurants, but the business owners at Mack’s BBQ and Mark Twain’s restaurant didn’t care. The owner of Mack’s sprayed the peaceful protestors with a hose in an effort to get them to leave. Within weeks of Lewis arriving, 40 protestors including Lewis were arrested on various charges, none of them violent. Those arrested staged a 10 day hunger strike in Cairo’s segregated jail and sang freedom songs to protest the conditions. On July 24, 1962 Martin Luther King Jr sent a telegram to Cairo from Albany, Ga in support of the peaceful protests saying “Does justice wear a ‘white only’ sign in Cairo, Illinois? All of America will be watching Cairo to see if there is any justice here.” Though the groups were ultimately successful with most of their efforts, it didn’t keep local whites from protesting in their own way. When Cairo opened up the Cairo Natatorium and Recreation Center in the summer of 1963, on an integrated basis, most white town members refused to visit the establishment causing the pool to close for the summer due to economic reasons. When the pool was met with the same white resistance in 1964, the pool was sold to a third party, filled with concrete and that was the beginning of the end. In the years since, Cairo has been through a debilitating public housing crisis amongst other hardships and is living proof of what happens when people are unwilling to accept change #littleegypt
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Kneeling second from the left is American hero John Lewis. In 1962 he spent his summer in Cairo, Illinois during Operation Open City. This was an 11 point plan organized by Lewis, the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee and the Cairo Non-Violent Freedom Committee aimed at desegregating Cairo, in particular the towns restaurants, roller skating rink and swimming pool. The group set up ‘kneel-in’s’ across town throughout the summer to protest the continued segregation happening in Cairo. The group was met with fierce resistance from white business owners and residents in the area. A law had already been passed ending segregation in Illinois restaurants, but the business owners at Mack’s BBQ and Mark Twain’s restaurant didn’t care. The owner of Mack’s sprayed the peaceful protestors with a hose in an effort to get them to leave. Within weeks of Lewis arriving, 40 protestors including Lewis were arrested on various charges, none of them violent. Those arrested staged a 10 day hunger strike in Cairo’s segregated jail and sang freedom songs to protest the conditions. On July 24, 1962 Martin Luther King Jr sent a telegram to Cairo from Albany, Ga in support of the peaceful protests saying “Does justice wear a ‘white only’ sign in Cairo, Illinois? All of America will be watching Cairo to see if there is any justice here.” Though the groups were ultimately successful with most of their efforts, it didn’t keep local whites from protesting in their own way. When Cairo opened up the Cairo Natatorium and Recreation Center in the summer of 1963, on an integrated basis, most white town members refused to visit the establishment causing the pool to close for the summer due to economic reasons. When the pool was met with the same white resistance in 1964, the pool was sold to a third party, filled with concrete and that was the beginning of the end. In the years since, Cairo has been through a debilitating public housing crisis amongst other hardships and is living proof of what happens when people are unwilling to accept change #littleegypt . . . 📸- @dannylyonphotos

Cairo, Illinois
Cairo, Illinois in the late 60’s. LATE 60’s! We have SO much to work on here in Little Egypt when it comes to racism. It’s starts with YOU!! Be the change, be the light, be the difference. Celebrate MLK today #littleegypt

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Cairo, Illinois in the late 60’s. LATE 60’s! We have SO much to work on here in Little Egypt when it comes to racism. It’s starts with YOU!! Be the change, be the light, be the difference. Celebrate MLK today #littleegypt

Johnston City, Illinois
Johnston City, Illinois 1931 #littleegypt

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Johnston City, Illinois 1931 #littleegypt

Cairo, Illinois
The Gem Theatre in Cairo, Illinois 1952 #littleegypt

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The Gem Theatre in Cairo, Illinois 1952 #littleegypt

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The Strip in Carbondale, Illinois around Thanksgiving 1992. What businesses can you spot? #littleegypt

S.I.Bowl

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Who partied at Coo-coo’s? Tim McGraw did. In 1993, he needed a spot to play in between Nashville and Chicago to make the trip more profitable. Smart thinking from a radio DJ landed him in Carterville with $10 tickets. The place was packed out for one of country’s bright young stars. Fast forward 30 years, and we haven’t have a good concert in this area in a LONG time, even pre-COVID. Herrinfesta is a constant let down, the Arena in Carbondale isn’t utilized to even a quarter of what it used to be, and the Marion Civic Center wants to bring in nothing but gospel and CCM. Remember good concerts in Little Egypt? Which was your favorite? #littleegypt

Cairo, Illinois
Crazy that this was within the last 60 years, right here in Little Egypt #littleegypt

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Crazy that this was within the last 60 years, right here in Little Egypt #littleegypt

Harrisburg, Illinois
The Big Four Depot in Harrisburg, Illinois. A passenger line ran through Harrisburg until 1957, but today there’s basically no evidence that railroads were a vital part of the community for more than half of a century. The bike path was constructed where the tracks were, with Hardee’s now occupying the exact lot the depot sat on #littleegypt

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The Big Four Depot in Harrisburg, Illinois. A passenger line ran through Harrisburg until 1957, but today there’s basically no evidence that railroads were a vital part of the community for more than half of a century. The bike path was constructed where the tracks were, with Hardee’s now occupying the exact lot the depot sat on #littleegypt

Elizabethtown, Illinois
Elizabethtown, Illinois in 1969 #littleegypt
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Elizabethtown, Illinois in 1969 #littleegypt . . . 📸- Kathryn Kerr

Marion, Illinois
The GTE building in Marion, Illinois at some point during the 1980’s #littleegypt

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The GTE building in Marion, Illinois at some point during the 1980’s #littleegypt

Marion, Illinois
Illinois Central Depot in Marion, Illinois in July 5, 1915 #littleegypt

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Illinois Central Depot in Marion, Illinois in July 5, 1915 #littleegypt

Benton, Illinois

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We lost a local legend yesterday. Coach Rich Herrin passed away at age 87. Herrin was the Coach for the Benton Rangers, leading them to four undefeated regular seasons and eight South Seven conference titles during his tenure. He also coached Doug Collins, a Benton native who coached Michael Jordan for Chicago AND Washington. In 1985, Coach Herrin took the head spot for the SIU Salukis in Carbondale. He would lead them to three NCAA tournament appearances before leaving in 1998. Coach Herrin loved Little Egypt. And we loved him. Rest easy Coach #littleegypt

Marion, Illinois
Christmas 1967 in Marion, Illinois. This is on West Main Street looking towards the Square. Dave’s on the right hand side is now Byassee Music and Sound #littleegypt

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Christmas 1967 in Marion, Illinois. This is on West Main Street looking towards the Square. Dave’s on the right hand side is now Byassee Music and Sound #littleegypt

Carterville, Illinois
Christmas time in Carterville in the early 1960’s. Looking north on Division St #littleegypt

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Christmas time in Carterville in the early 1960’s. Looking north on Division St #littleegypt

Harrisburg, Illinois
Harrisburg, Illinois in 1964. This was taken from Vine Street looking north. The tall building is Harrisburg National Bank, which is now offices for various businesses. Behind it to the right you can see city hall peeking out #littleegypt

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Harrisburg, Illinois in 1964. This was taken from Vine Street looking north. The tall building is Harrisburg National Bank, which is now offices for various businesses. Behind it to the right you can see city hall peeking out #littleegypt

Creal Springs, Illinois
Surviving World War II soldiers returning to Creal Springs, Illinois after the war #littleegypt

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Surviving World War II soldiers returning to Creal Springs, Illinois after the war #littleegypt

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Just as we have throwback parties now, they did the same in the generations before us. This video is from Eldorado, Illinois in 1942 prior to a Turn of the Century Party. The clothing in this is phenomenal #littleegypt