Performances with characters in blackface continued well past the early 20th century, and it was not only private clubs who participated in racist caricature as entertainment. Local groups, including church groups, also put on minstrel shows in Wilmette until at least the 1940s. Nationally, it took Black mothers, horrified at the prevalance of blackface in their children's schools, to stop this common practice in the 1950s and 1960s.
Source: Wilmette Historical Museum Photograph Collection, Object ID B123
"Yes, Politicians Wore Blackface. It Used to be All-American 'Fun,'" Rhae Lynn Barnes, The Washington Post
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