Local Catholic and Protestant churches attempted to ease Peoria’s palpable racial tension by organizing an “Inter-racial Visitation Home Day.”  The day enjoyed palpable success, with 90 families participating. A larger number of white (rather than black) families were eager to host “visitations”.

Kathryn Timmes, who worked in the girl’s department at the Carver Center, and her police husband husband John were among the participants.