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WATERLOO (KWWL) - "History of hundreds of years ago is beginning to become forgotten. People just aren't talking about it."

In the early 20th century, the black community grew in Waterloo, working as strike breakers for the Illinois Central Railroad.

Many spent their lives living in box cars from the railroad, confined to a segregated area.

"I want everyone to know it's not black history," says Lincoln Elementary school teacher Phaedra Mobley, who planned a soul food dinner for the school. "Its our history, it's everyone's history."

Mobley's lived in Waterloo her whole life, and is working to keep history unforgotten. She's working to connect students and the community with a soul food meal and a program.

History can be taught in schools, but there's something about food and community that can make people engage, she said.

"This is probably something I should care about, because look how many people are out here supporting us, so it must be important," Mobley said.
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