- Age: 48
- Interview Date: 7/29/2008
- Interviewer: Elizabeth Simmons, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
- Interview Length: 40 minutes Sit Down Interview, 27 minutes Walk and Talk Interview
- County: Kankakee
- John Thurman was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1959 and married his wife Ida in 1977. John and Ida are a part of a small Black community of farmers in Kankakee who practice traditional substinence farming methods while raising their children.