ILLINOIS: The New Neighbor

Oak Park, Ill. (pop. 63,175) is one of Chicago's bigger & better suburban bedroom towns, a community which proudly labels itself "the middle-class capital of the world." Its houses are mostly a solid, two-and three-story type built 20 years ago, and its residents are likewise solid and respectable.

"Did you know a nigger is moving into the neighborhood?" an Oak Park druggist whispered to his customers several months ago. The newcomer to the neighborhood around Chicago and East Avenues was indeed a Negro. He was also one of the nation's ablest chemists. Percy...

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