Charles Pearson documenting Waterloo’s civil rights history | Lifestyles

WATERLOO — Charles Pearson believes historic preservation is more than restoring old buildings.

The Waterloo native has been working tirelessly for several years to ensure important stories, significant events and landmarks related to African-American history and the civil rights struggle also are maintained for future generations.

The Waterloo Historic Preservation Commission will honor Pearson in May with an award recognizing his efforts to raise awareness both in Waterloo and statewide for civil rights history.

Pearson has been working on an Iowa Civil Rights Trail, which would create a statewide inventory of civil rights sites designed to spur tourism, while pushing in his hometown to…

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