“Buxton, Iowa: A Coal Mining Town Ahead of Its Time” 

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In 1900, at a time when Jim Crow laws, segregation, and the Ku Klux Klan kept blacks and whites separated, residents in Buxton, Iowa—a thriving coal mining town of 5,000 residents established by Consolidation Coal Company—lived, worked, and went to school side by side. African Americans—miners, teachers, business owners, doctors, lawyers, and more—made up more than half of the population for the first 10 years and remained the largest ethnic group until 1914. By 1922, Buxton was a ghost town.
Using photographs and rare audio clips from interviews with former Buxton residents, Author Rachelle Chase will share what made Buxton so unique, both in terms of the residents and the town itself, and why Buxton is still being talked about today.
About Rachelle: Rachelle Chase is a senior business analyst for Fortune 500 companies, model, and published non-fiction and romance author, who lives in Ottumwa, Iowa. Her first non-fiction book, LOST BUXTON, was released by Arcadia Publishing in 2017. Her second book on Buxton, Iowa will be released by The History Press in January 2019

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