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Ask The Times: Streator Zouaves

Q. You published an article listing the subjects of Streator Walldogs murals. I'm familiar with all of the subjects except one. What are the Zouaves?

A. The Zouaves were a late 19th century and early 20th century military drill troupe. The group originally performed at parades and fairs within 100 miles of Streator. After a debut at the Chicago Opera House in 1898, the act traveled across the nation. By 1900, the Zouaves began to tour Europe and garnered international fame.

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