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Andrew Robinson, 24, receives his COVID-19 vaccination Wednesday, March 18, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. “It didn’t even feel like I got stuck,” Robinson said.

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April 14, 2021
Bill and Verna Caplinger of Murphysboro show photos from their youth while waiting for their vaccination Wednesday, March 18, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. “We’ve been married since 1948. He was engaged to my little girlfriend that lived across the field. She split up with him, he came to see me and I kept him,” Verna said.

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April 14, 2021
Noah Farmer (27) of Metropolis completes his pitch to catcher Austin Ulick (7) Sunday, March 14, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill.

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April 14, 2021
Joshua Buss demonstrates his finger picking style of guitar playing, Wednesday, March 10, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. “If you learn how to play on Youtube or something like that, they’ll be like ‘Oh you have to play this with a pick!’ but you don’t. You can make it work, it just depends on the sound you want,” Buss said.

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March 14, 2021
A wall of Funko POP figures sit at RND Collectibles Thursday, March 4, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. Owner of RND Collectibles Randy Arena has amassed his collection, with most of the overflow finding its way into the store. “I really started collecting them back when the first Rick Grimes POP came out, ever since then it’s been an obsession of mine that I’ve brought into the store,” Arena said.

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April 10, 2021
Derek Ervin of Glacier’s End discusses the differences between each flavor of his unique vinegar syrup Saturday, February 27, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. 
“The berry ones go great with vodka. They all go good with rum … I guarantee ya, you try one you’re gonna be hooked,” Ervin said.

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March 16, 2021
The Community Farmers market invites patrons to come to shop the wares of a coalition of local farmers and community members Saturday, February 27, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill.

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March 16, 2021
Abigail Moberly takes a mandatory rest after receiving the Pfizer-Moderna COVID-19 vaccination Thursday, February 11, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. After vaccination, patients must sit and wait to ensure that there are no side-effects or poor reactions. “It was just like a shot, just a flu shot. Nothin’ bad. I’ve gotta talk with someone about my next shot which I
come back for in four weeks, at least I think that’s what happens,” Moberly said.

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February 21, 2021
Abigail Moberly, a Carbondale local, puts the last touches on paperwork for her COVID-19 vaccination Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. “I work in education so I’m a part of that group. So ya know, I’ve been waiting and I said, ‘As soon as it’s ready, I’m ready,’” Moberly said. In partnership with the Jackson County Health Department, SIU offered a vaccination clinic for all qualified citizens.

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February 9, 2021
Georgeann Herzog of the Peace Coalition speaks to a crowd of Carbondale citizens attending a small rally held to promote social activism and awareness Wednesday, November, 2020, in Carbondale, Ill. “We’re here today to talk about a real and unjust democracy which is looking iffier and iffier. However, we’ll buck up our spirits sometime,” Herzog said.

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November 15, 2020
Citizens of Carbondale march in support of social justice the day after the general election Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, in Carbondale, Ill. Several local activist groups attended, including For the People, a communist organization dedicated to helping those in need within local communities through various food and clothing drives.

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November 4, 2020
SIU student, Tomas Cortez, speaks in front of a crowd of Carbondale citizens attending a small rally held by various activist groups within the local community Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, in Carbondale, Ill. “I’m here to help along with this pro-democracy protest. I believe that one election isn’t going to fix all of our problems, it takes a lot more than just winning democratic states,” Cortez said.

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November 4, 2020
Various local activist groups gather to promote social justice at the town square pavilion Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, in Carbondale, Ill. Various speakers orated at the event before a short march was held, starting at the pavilion and ending at the U.S. General Services Administration building.

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November 4, 2020
Carbondale citizen, Dennis Connally, sits while waiting for speakers to begin at a rally to promote social activism at the town square pavilion Wednesday, November 4, 2020 in Carbondale, Ill. Various speakers spoke at the event before a short march was held, starting at the pavilion and ending at the US General Services Administration building.

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November 4, 2020
Voters fill their ballots at the SIU Transportation Education Center Tuesday, November 3, 2020, in Murdale, Illinois.

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November 4, 2020
Voter Percy Wallace poses for his headshot Tuesday, November 3, 2020, in Carbondale, Ill. Wallace waited for over an hour to place his vote, as the non-registered applicant voting machines were in disrepair when the polling location opened.  This is whats important you know? When you look back and tell your kids Yeah I remember 2020, I got it right here and you can pull out the pictures and show that, what we went through, thats powerful, Wallace said.

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November 4, 2020
Voter Percy Wallace patiently waits for voting machines to come online Tuesday, November 3, 2020, in Carbondale, Ill. At 70 years old, Wallace is an experienced voter and eagerly accepted the offer from poll workers to wait in line for the polling machines to become operational. This is whats important you know? When you look back and tell your kids Yeah I remember 2020, I got it right here and you can pull out the pictures and show that, what we went through, thats powerful, Wallace said.

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November 4, 2020
Voter Leigh-Anne Haynes poses for a headshot at the Carbondale Civic Center, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Carbondale, Ill. I think its the most important election in our countrys history... Im voting for abortion, Im voting for freedom of speech, supreme court justices, the right to assemble... Freedom of Speech is a big one with protests. I think all of these are very important, Haynes said. Enthusiastically, Haynes claims to have voted for presidential incumbent Donald Trump.

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November 4, 2020
Brandon Hale sits at the ready-to-read tarot cards for customers at Castle Perilous Games and Books Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, in Carbondale, Ill. Castle Perilous celebrates Halloween with their Halloween Comicfest, a day of free comics and candy.

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November 4, 2020
Author, Brian K. Morris (right) and wife, Cookie Morris (left) discuss their time in the publishing
industry at Castle Perilous Games and Books Halloween Comicfest Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, in Carbondale, Ill. “I used to make up my own stories when I was about 5 and 6 years old. As I grew I got into comic books and I wanted more stuff and they weren’t putting them out at the time, so I started to make my own adventures,” Morris said. The Morris family appeared at Castle Perilous’ Halloween Comicfest to promote Brian’s work and to celebrate Halloween with the store patrons.

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November 4, 2020
President of the African-American Museum of Southern Illinois Najjar Abdul-Musawwir follows along with a paint demonstration held by Cree Glanz of Project Human X at the Southern Illinois Unity Coalition’s Stop the Violence event held at Attucks Park Saturday, October 24, 2020, in Carbondale, Ill. “We provide exhibitions, we also provide summer programs… For little kids during the summer… Of course we deal with literature and books. Because you know, the museum is an educational institution not just to look at pictures but have a library where people can come and sit and read about our history,” Abdul-Musawwir said.

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October 26, 2020
SIU professor of fine arts, Najarr Abdul-Musawwir follows along with a paint demonstration held by Cree Glanz of Project Human X at the Southern Illinois Unity Coalition’s Stop the Violence event Saturday, October 24, 2020, at the Attucks Park Pavillion in Carbondale, Ill. Abdul-Musawwir is the president of the African American Museum of Southern Illinois. “We’re sponsoring this right here for the Stop the Violence program. We also have artifacts that we brought out so that people can be able to appreciate African aestheticism within the African community as well as non-African American communities,” Abdul-Musawwir said.

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October 26, 2020
Chris Wissmann rests with student Katie Herzog after a karate demonstration held by the Southern Illinois Unity Coalition’s Stop the Violence event at Attucks Park Saturday, October 24, 2020, in Carbondale, Ill. “I wanted to be able to demonstrate the part that martial arts can play in non-violence,” Herzog said. “I’ve been really blessed to have great instruction and it’s a joy to pass that on to other people,” Wissmann said.

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October 26, 2020
Treasurer of the African American Museum of Southern Illinois DeSande R attends a pop up exhibit of African artifacts at the Southern Illinois Unity Coalition’s Stop the Violence event at Attucks Park Saturday, October 24, 2020, in Carbondale, Ill. “We’re having safe activities to show that we can
do something safe in Carbondale, and everybody is invited….It’s scary. I hear gunshots all the
time where I live and I’m not even in a bad neighborhood….I just hope they can stop this soon,
its running rampant,” DeSande said.

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October 24, 2020
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October 23, 2020
Dalton Diamond braces for an incoming chop from Zakk Sawyers on Saturday, Sept. 12, in
Carterville, ILL. Diamond and Sawyers have been preparing for their debut event for over a year, and have utilized the connections they’ve made in the wrestling business to ensure they can book the talent they want. “A lot of the talent I’ve booked I’ve known personally. I’ve known these guys for a lotta years some of them, some I’ve never worked with before but I know they have  great potential. Everybody is working to produce a great artistic product. You’re gonna see hard-hitting abrasiveness, violence, and bloodshed for the sake of bloodshed outta these guys,” Sawyers said.

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October 9, 2020
Dalton Diamond chokes Zakk Sawyers against the ropes on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, in Carterville, ILL. Being a hardcore show with deathmatch style wrestling, Zakk aims to portray a level of violence that is far from what is conventional for professional wrestling outlets like the WWE. The deathmatch is an art. It may make people uncomfortable, but the truth is its not for those folks. This is performance art on a level a lot of people arent accustomed to, Sawyers said.

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October 9, 2020
Zakk Sawyers attempts to pin Dalton Diamond while referee Casey Brinkmeier begins the count
down on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, in Carterville, IL. The match took place at the Stride Pro
Wrestling School in Carterville where aspiring wrestlers come to learn the foundational skills
required to step into the squared circle. “I had begged and pleaded with my mom in eighth grade to let me start training. I went to a school, didn’t really learn the proper way of doing things so I went and got myself retrained and started attending seminars; trying to be around guys who worked similar styles to what I wanted to work, and just guys that I knew were successful in wrestling,” Sawyers said.

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October 9, 2020
Museum patron Barb Rester views an exhibit on display at the University Museum on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, in Carbondale, ILL. “One of the ones I’m thinking of, her quilting on the one side was totally the design on the other side. It was just very creative.. You know, very cool,” Rester said. The museum is displaying multiple new exhibits this fall both physically and virtually in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The museum is open Tuesday - Friday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and on Saturdays
from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

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October 9, 2020
Museum patron Barb Rester views an exhibit on display at the University Museum on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, in Carbondale, ILL. The
museum is displaying multiple new exhibits this fall both physically and virtually in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The museum is open Tuesday - Friday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and on Saturdays
from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Rester said, “It was just something to do today, I just knew I needed to get over here. I just like art, and I really like this fabric art.”

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October 9, 2020
Museum patrons Barb Rester and Dominic Cittadino walk through the exhibit on display in the south wing of the University Museum on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, in Carbondale, ILL. The museum has several new art exhibits on display this fall where they aim to do both live viewings and virtual displays in response to the COVID-19
pandemic. The museum is open Tuesday - Friday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and on Saturdays from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

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October 9, 2020
Museum patron, Barb Rester, peers into a large canvas painting at the University Museum Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, in Carbondale, Ill. The museum has a new set of exhibits on display this fall with a wide variety of works from multiple artists. The museum is open Tuesday - Friday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and on Saturdays from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. “The one where she used the real subtle color, I liked that. Even though it was very small stitching, it gave it a lot of color. I just like the ones where you can see the front and the back at the same time too, it just gave it a totally different image from one side to another.”

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October 9, 2020
Museum patrons Barb Rester and Dominic Cittadino discuss an exhibit at the University Museum at SIU on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, in Carbondale, ILL. The museum is open Tuesday - Friday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and on Saturdays from
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Viewing options are being offered both physically in person with required face coverings and virtually.

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October 9, 2020
Candidate for the office of the 115th Illinois 
Representative, Paul Jacobs, discusses small businesses in Illinois via Zoom on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2020. “If you can get the businesses to
open, you’re going to be better. But there’s like I said, 6,000 are not going to open. But it’s going
to open a group of entrepreneurs. A bunch of younger entrepreneurs that are going to be able to come in and look at the benefit of buying these very inexpensive properties and very possibly, if  the government doesn’t tax them to death, there will be a renaissance in the state. I truly do
believe that,” Jacobs said.

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