Brooklyn, Illinois

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Brooklyn (popularly known as Lovejoy), is a village in St. Clair County, Illinois, United States. It is located two miles north of East St. Louis, Illinois and three miles northeast of downtown St. Louis, Missouri. It is the oldest town incorporated by African Americans in the United States.[1]

In 2015, the county's state attorney Brendan Kelly described the village as a 'failed state.'[2]

In 2016, the population was 709.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. Leslie Brown, "Review" of America's First Black Town: Brooklyn, Illinois, 1830-1915, Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, Spring 2002
  2. "Brooklyn police chief leaves after raid by Illinois troopers". Saint Louis Post-Dispatch. Associated Press. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  3. "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.