Archive for the ‘Gary Legends’ Category


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Gary Legend: Pearl Prince

June 6th, 2016

  Pearl Prince has been teaching for over 25 years and working in administration for 17 years. Mrs. Prince begin in Administration as Assistant Principal at Caver Elementary School, Principal at Bethune Early Learning and Duncan School, which later became Frankie McCullough.  The old Locke School Building on West 21st Ave. was renovated under the […]


Gary Legend: Charles Jarrett

June 6th, 2016

  Charles Jarrett was born in Ripley, Tennessee on February 13, 1919.  He has resided most of his life in Gary, Indiana moving to Gary in 1942.  His first job was with the Kingsbury Ordinance Plant.  His next job as a bookkeeper was a nexus to his dry cleaning business venture.  The business –was the […]


Gary Legend: Billy Foster

December 18th, 2015

  Billy Foster is a respected pianist, composer, educator and producer.  Mr. Foster worked as a music educator in the Gary Community Schools for 35 years, served as jazz piano instructor at Valparaiso University for 34 years from 1980 to 2014.   In this capacity, he has conducted many jazz lectures, clinics and educational performances and […]


Gary Legend: Era Twyman

December 18th, 2015

  Era Cleveland-Twyman is currently the Executive Director of The Gary Literacy Coalition, Inc. (GLC).  In this position, she is challenged with leading the charge in raising the awareness of the need for literacy services in the City of Gary. She is further challenged to provide leadership in uniting the efforts of literacy service providers […]


Gary Legend: Roy Pratt

November 13th, 2015

Roy Pratt, an Educator now retired from the Gary Community School Corporation, spent over 4 decades teaching the children of Gary. Mr. Pratt truly blazed the trail for other educators to follow as he was a teacher at Beckman Middle School from 1962 until 2005. His love for teaching and for sports led him to […]


Gary Legend: William A. (Bill) Hill

September 29th, 2015

Also known as “Wild Bill Hill” has quite a history.  When asked for his Bio, we received three (3) different sets of information; one which is a Mini-Autobiography that shares information about his time as a MC, tap dancer and singer entertaining in nightclubs before he was 11 years old with his mother.  Bill Hill […]


Gary Legend: Gordon “Big Daddy” Biffle

August 11th, 2015

Gordon “Big Daddy” Biffle was born and raised in Gary, IN.  Gordon has lived in EVERY neighborhood in Gary. Big Daddy attended his freshman and sophomore year at West Side High.  He graduated from Lew Wallace High School in 1990. In 2008 Gordon opened up a BBQ Stand at the Market City Flea Market in […]


Gary Legend: Mother Leola Mayo

August 11th, 2015

Mother Leola Mayo is an outstanding woman who consistently demonstrates the true meaning of a mother. She was born February 21, 1924, in Ebony, Arkansas, to the late Mr. & Mrs. Wesley Vaughn. At age 20, Leola moved to St. Louis, Missouri. At age 21, she met her husband, Robert Lee Mayo in 1947 and […]




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