No. 9, Illinois

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No. 9 is a predominantly African-American unincorporated community located in Williamson County, Illinois on the west side of the incorporated village of Colp. Historically, Colp was mostly white and No. 9 black. Its most famous establishment was Ma Hatchett's, operated by Johanna "Ma" Hatchett (1892–1961), a roadhouse and brothel that opened during Prohibition Era at least as early as 1927 and operated until closed following a raid by the Illinois State Police in 1957.[1][2]

It is named for the local coal mine that open in 1905 and was bought by Madison Coal Company in 1906. The latter company named it their "No. 9" mine.[3]


  1. ^ James Ballowe. June 29, 1995. The Work of Our Fathers. Chicago Reader. retrieved 22 Feb 2011.
  2. ^ Aug. 25, 1961. "'Ma'" Hatchett Dead at 69." Southern Illinoisan (Carbondale, Ill.). 2.
  3. ^ Wonderful Williamson: 150 Years of Progress. Carbondale, Ill.: Southern Illinoisan. 12-13.