The Pearl Club, Butte, MT, early 1900's
Submitter: Rumi Fortune

Front row, 2nd from the left, is Birdie Simington, my grandmother.

A lot of African Americans ended up in Butte because it was a turnaround for the railroads.

In 1918, the Pearl Club was established in Butte. When the Montana Federation of Negro Women's Club first met in Butte on August 3, 1921, at least nine black women's clubs were active in communities throughout the state. Representatives from seven of the local clubs attended the meeting called by Mary B. Chappell to organize the state federation as an affiliate of the National Association of Colored Women's Clubs, which organized in 1896. The representatives attending the Butte meeting elected Chappell as the state federation's first president.

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