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Two influential southern Illinoisans will be honored in Metropolis

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Metropolis, Illinois, USA - August 24, 2021: The old business district along Market Street

The legacy of two influential natives of southernmost Illinois will be recognized with historical markers on Monday.

The markers will honor Oscar Micheaux, the first African American filmmaker and Annie Turnbo Malone, the first female African American millionaire, who developed a large and prominent commercial and educational enterprise centered on cosmetics for African-American women.

Both are from Metropolis and achieved their international acclaim in the early to mid 20th century, including the Great Depression

Reverend Orlando McReynolds of First Missionary Baptist Church in Metropolis is responsible for the markers. He says it's time for these two trailblazers to be celebrated.

"Metropolis is known as Superman's city. But, I can't see giving homage to a make-believe alien when you have two people who actually lived and contributed to the various industries that they are associated with."

The Illinois State Historical Society will unveil their markers in front of the Metropolis Chamber of Commerce building at noon on Monday, August 7.

You can hear more from McReynolds about Micheaux and Malone on InFocus at 7:44 a.m. and 4:44 p.m. on Tuesday, August 8 on WSIU Radio.

As a news producer and news anchor on All Things Considered, Brad provides the listeners with a recap of the day's top local and state news as well as breaking news at any given time. Contact WSIU Radio at 618-453-6101 or email wsiunews@wsiu.org
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