Timeline: 1936

Beverly Lorraine Green was the first African American woman to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Engineering at the University of Illinois. She went on to get her Masters degree in City Planning and Housing at the University. She’s believed to be the first African American woman to be licensed as an architect in the United States.

With the establishment of the two commercial baseball leagues in East Central Illinois, new Black teams were organized including LeRoy Barns’ Red Sox (formerly the Colored Reds) and Eddie I. Grover’s Champaign Colts.