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Frank Hendricks, In All My Years, p. 49

Mr. Hendricks came to Champaign from his home in Columbia, Mississippi, in 1931 looking for work as "a body and fender man."

He first worked at White Motor Sales before opening his own business, Hendricks Body Shop, at 602 East Vine (now a vacant lot) in 1941.

At the time Mr. Hendricks recalls, "They said a Black man couldn't do this type of work. There was no other Black body shop from here to Chicago. This was the first one in this town, I know."

He is most proud that he was "able to keep my shop going for all these years - for 42 years."


Bial, Raymond. In all my years : portraits of older Blacks in Champaign-Urbana. (Champaign, Ill.) : Champaign County Historical Museum, 1983.


Part of the blog post: Black History Month


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Taken on February 7, 2017