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Buxton Author invited to William Penn University for Book Signing and Presentation


You may have heard of Buxton, Iowa, the coal mining town established in 1900 where five thousand African Americans and Caucasians lived, worked and attended school together. But do you know how and why the town was created? Come learn about the corporations, men, and women who made Buxton one of the most amazing towns in the nation. Using photos and audio clips, author Rachelle Chase will share the fascinating events that created this unique community, its notable residents, and what made it disappear. This event will be held Wednesday, February 20, 2019 from 5:30–7:30 p.m. in the Musco Technology Center Atrium. Join us after the presentation for a book signing and meet & greet with Rachelle Chase.

About Creating the Black Utopia of Buxton, Iowa

Some have called Buxton a Black Utopia. In the town of five thousand residents, established in 1900, African Americans and Caucasians lived, worked and attended school together. It was a thriving one-of-a-kind coal mining town created by the Consolidation Coal Company. This inclusive approach provided opportunity for its residents. Dr. E.A. Carter was the first African American to get a medical degree from the University of Iowa in 1907.

Dr. Carter returned to Buxton and was hired by the coal company, where he treated both black and white patients. Attorney George Woodson ran for file clerk in the Iowa Senate for the Republican Party in 1898, losing to a white man by one vote. Author Rachelle Chase details the amazing events that created this unique community and what made it disappear.

To learn more about Buxton, Iowa visit Lost Buxton or like the Facebook page, Lost Buxton.

About Rachelle Chase

Rachelle Chase is a nonfiction and romance author, business consultant, speaker, and model. She has appeared on national television—CBS, as well as “The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet”—plus national radio shows, including the “Hip-Hop Connection,” and the “Jordan Rich Show.” Most recently, she’s appeared on Iowa Public Radio, Writers’ Voices, and KBIZ. To learn more about Rachelle Chase visit her website.

You can pre-order Chase’s book at Amazon or Arcadia Publishing.

William Penn University is proud to host Rachelle Chase for her presentation regarding Buxton, Iowa and her new book: Creating the Black Utopia of Buxton, Iowa. Join us for a book signing from 5:30–6:00 p.m., Buxton presentation from 6:00–7:00 p.m., and a meet and greet with book signing from 7:00–7:30 p.m.


For more information, contact:

Miranda Keeler
Marketing & Communications Manager
Keelerm@wmpenn.ed | 641-673-1078

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