Cabristo “Bris” Collins obituary just hints at the multifaceted life he lead. Omitted are the arrests and time spent in prison for narcotics, IRS problems, assault, counterfeiting and running a house of “ill repute.” As is his time spent running not just the the BBQ restaurant, but clubs and taverns on North Washington Street. His participation in the civic life of Peoria through organizations like the Elks was matched and surpassed by his contributions to creating explicitly black social spaces in a town that was often more than cruel to the African American community. It was in his club that black Peorians could hear the latest and hottest jazz; drink, dance and socialize free of the scrutinizing eye of the white establishment; and where Richard Pryor could first develop his comedy that spoke explicitly to the black community.