Eddie Glover, 1983

Since 1922 Eddie Glover worked as a barber in Champaign-Urbana. He worked in various locations including the Waldorf in Toledo and Jordan's Barber Shop, a twelve-chair shop located across from Kuhn's clothing store in the 1920s. From 1941-1946 he was also owner and coach of the Champaign Colts, a Black semi-pro baseball team that played teams from Seymour, Buckley, Royal, Gifford, Flatville, and elsewhere in the E & I League. Their first year in the league they won the championship. Mr. Glover recalled in 1983 the days when 5th and Goodwin were the only north/south streets that were paved in Champaign-Urbana and University and Park the only paved streets running east and west. He operated his own barber shop out of his home since June, 1936, and he was especially proud to be an established member of the community.

Source: Raymond Bial's In All My Years: Portraits of Older Blacks In Champaign-Urbana, Champaign County Historical Museum, 1983.