Kerr Island Beach



    NOTEWORTHY:  A Kerr Island reunion is planned for April 19, 2014.  It will be held at New Shining Light Church in Venice, Illinois at 3:00 p.m.



GEOGRAPHY  Kerr Island is still known today as The Island.  It is located south of Madison, Illinois.  The Mississippi River is the only separation from the Island and the city of St. Louis, Missouri.  The beach on the riverbank has been a popular recreation area in this small African American community.  Just see how much fun my mother and friends appear to be having in the late 40's above.


HISTORY  The inhabitants have been African-American for at least the previous 50 years.  With the exception of one business and a couple of houses, Kerr Island is nearly a ghost town.  It has been at least 20 years since the small community thrived.  The Island was the home of several African-American churches of which I remember, New Salem Baptist Church and a Holiness Church (Sanctified).  Another church of yesteryear that I have been told of was named Strangers Home Church.  The popular local night club known as The Robins Nest is the only business remaining there now.

INHABITANTS   These are families I remember living at Kerr Island in the 1960ís and 1970ís.  There were many others, though.  If you know of a family name that should be added to this site, please email me.  I would especially like to thank Dr. Lula Savage Collier for expanding the list.  Your help is much appreciated.


  Allen     Anderson     Bishop(s)     Booker    Boyd (3 families)     Bridges   Brown     Buckles     Butler     Caldwell     Cobb     Collins     Cooper   Crawford    Cribb     Cross     Dandridge     Dozier     Ervin     Evans     Flippen     Fuller     Gales    Gatewood  Gillespie   Glasper (3 families )    Griffin     Harris   Hendricks  Holt      Hoskins     Hoults    Irvin     Isaac     Ivory     Jefferson     Jones     Long     Mason   McCoy   McGlone     Melton     Moss    Mukes     Newsome     Palmer     Parham     Redds      Richmond   Riggs     Roberts (Stokely, Dixon, Franklin)    Robinson    Rupert     Savage     Seals    Shelton    Spencer     Stinson   Thompson     Walker     Wilborn     Williams(3 different families)  Woolfork    Wright ( two unrelated families)


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