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[[image - black and white portrait photograph of W. A. Gunnell]] [[caption]] W.A. GUNNELL. [[/caption]] [[end page]] [[start page]] 33 WILLIAM BROOKS. business he has succeeded as a teacher. Besides his work as a teacher, he takes a lively interest in the moral, material and religious welfare of his race. Having delivered speeches and lectures upon various subjects relative to the betterment of his race's condition, he is generally known throughout Southeast Missouri and in other parts of the state, as well as in parts of Illinois, Kentucky and Arkansas. The Herald, a paper edited by a very able and progressive editor of the county in which he dwells, said: "Professor Brooks is a good talker, a deep thinker, and a leader among his people." The editor also said many other good things concerning Mr. Brooks as a teacher. In the fall of 1895 he was married to Miss M.D. Wade, of Jackson. By wise management of his domestic affairs he has become a property owner, both within and outside of the city. He believes that the accumulation of property, that a steady increase in intelligence, that good behavior, and sound, practical religion will eventually solve the "Race Problem." He is yet in the prime of manhood, and may he live many years to accomplish more good for the race, for humanity in general, and for God.
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