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A Taste of Decatur, Illinois

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DID YOU KNOW THESE FACTS ABOUT DECATUR?

  1. Decatur is the largest city and the county seat of Macon County in the U.S. state of Illinois. The city, sometimes called "the Soybean Capital of the World", was founded in 1829 and is located along the Sangamon River and Lake Decatur in Central Illinois. In 2000 the city population was 81,500, and 76,122 in 2010, due to continued population decline. Prior to massive population loss, Decatur was the sixth-most populous city in Illinois. Now Decatur is listed as number fifteen among Illinois cities, as it lost 19% of its population from 1980 to 2010. According to Sperling's Best Places, Decatur's metropolitan area population is 114,749.

  2. The median income for a household in the city was $33,111, and the median income for a family was $42,379.

  3. Decatur was the first home in Illinois of Abraham Lincoln, who settled just west of Decatur with his family in 1830. At the age of 21, Lincoln gave his first political speech in Decatur about the importance of Sangamon River navigation that caught the attention of Illinois political leaders.

  4. In November 1999, Decatur was brought into the national news when the Rev. Jesse Jackson and the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition protested the two-year expulsion of seven African American students who had been involved in a serious fight at an Eisenhower High School football game under a recently enacted "zero tolerance" policy. Six of the students were arrested but not charged after the fracas. Four were later charged as adults with mob action, a felony. Jesse Jackson intervened in the incident, bringing the controversy to national attention, protesting both the severity and length of the punishment and also alleging racial bias (schools in Decatur in 1999 had an enrollment that was about 44 percent black and five of the six Decatur students expelled in the prior year were black). Jackson pointed out he was invited by the students' parents and that he spoke with them, the kids, ministers and teachers before protesting the zero-tolerance severity of the punishment: "No one can survive zero tolerance," Jackson said. "We all need mercy and grace."

Radio Stations
W203BD (KLOV) 88.5 FM Decatur, IL Christian Contemporary
WYDS 93.1 FM Decatur, IL Top-40
W228CK (WYDS) 93.5 FM Decatur, IL Top-40
WEZC 95.9 FM Clinton, IL Nostalgia
WTIM 97.3 FM Taylorville, IL News/Talk
W251BN (WYDS) 98.1 FM Decatur, IL Top-40
WXAJ 99.7 FM Hillsboro, IL Top-40
WZUS 100.9 FM Macon, IL Talk
WBNQ 101.5 FM Bloomington, IL Top-40
WQQL 101.9 FM Springfield, IL Oldies
WSOY 102.9 FM Decatur, IL Top-40
WDBR 103.7 FM Springfield, IL Top-40
WCZQ 105.5 FM Monticello, IL Hip Hop
WDKR 107.3 FM Maroa, IL Oldies

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Demographics of Decatur, Illinois

By Race

White

Black

Native American

Asian

Hispanic

Total Population

77.59%

19.47%

0.17%

0.66%

1.19%

Because Hispanics could be counted in other races, the totals above could possibly be more than 100%. If you would like a detailed listing of all ethnic groups in the U.S., please Click Here.

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Famous Blacks from Decatur, Illinois

     
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Businesses in Decatur, Illinois


A small percentage of the businesses listed on BlackCityInfo.com may not necessarily be black owned and operated but have received favorable reviews from users who have visited the establishment, or from the owners themselves who warmly seek out African American patronage.


BEAUTY CARE - HAIR SALONS - MULTICULTURAL

  1. Shrita's Hair & Briad Salon -  Category: Black Hair Salons -   - 1272 W Grand Ave, Decatur, IL 62522 (217) 422-1855.

  2. Stylez by KaSandra Hair & Braid Salon -  Category: Black Hair Salons -   - 1355 N. Rt. 48 Suite #9 Colonial Mall, Decatur, IL 62522 (217) 521-5983

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BLACK BUSINESSES - SERVICES - VENDORS ETC.

  1. African American Cultural and Genealogical Society -  Category: Genealogy Services -   314 N Main Street Decatur, IL 62523-1102

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DINING - CATERING - BBQ - SOUL FOOD

  1. Country Cupboard Restaurant -  Category: Southern -  3645 E Hardy St Decatur, IL 62521 (217) 429-1551

  2. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store -  Category: American, Southern, Breakfast -  5120 Hickory Point Frontage Rd Decatur, IL 62526 (217) 876-8036   - (visit website)

  3. Jalyrih Grill and Catering -  Category: Soul Food Restaurants -  820 North Main Street, Decatur, Illinois 62521 (217) 330-7427   - (visit website)

  4. J's Soul Food and BBQ -  Category: Soul Food/BBQ Restaurants -  495 N 22nd Street, Decatur, Illinois

  5. Soul Food Alternative -  Category: Southern, Soul Food -  139 S Oakland Ave, Decatur, Illinois 62522

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CHURCHES



  1. Calvary Temple COGIC -  1075 N College Street Decatur, IL 62522-1703 (217) 422-7727

  2. House of Faith Church of God In Christ -  1819 N Clinton St Decatur, IL 62526 (217) 422-3716  - (visit website)

  3. St. Peter African Methodist Episcopal Church -  515 S Church St Decatur, IL 62522 (217) 423-5648  - (visit website)

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