HSQAC Hosting Illinois Freedom Project Traveling Exhibit

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Date(s) - 02/07/2020
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The History Museum

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In celebration of Black History Month, the Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County will host an opening for a special traveling exhibit entitled, the Illinois Freedom Project, on Friday, February 7, at the History Museum on the Square, 332 Maine Street, Quincy, from 5 pm to 7 pm. Timothy Townsend, historian at the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, will do a presentation about the project at 6 pm. The event is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
The project features the stories of everyday people in Illinois who struggled against slavery and prejudice and became community, state and national leaders. Viewers will discover accounts of families and leaders who took a stand statewide and in our own community.
This traveling exhibit is in conjunction with the current History Museum exhibit which includes Information about local documents as well as a multitude of project resources will be on display. Entries in the Adams County Clerk’s books based on the 1819 Act mandated that each free man, woman, or child entering Adams County “to reside” had to register his/her papers with the clerk. The documents indicating the number of free black residents in Quincy’s early years are a result of new research and have not been viewed until now.
On exhibit also will be the hand-written Constitution of the Adams County Anti-Slavery Society (1835/37) and other documents of regional anti-slavery societies. Research illustrating the active participation in the Underground Railroad (UGRR) by people of color, some of whom were themselves escaped/manumitted former slaves, as well as known and not so well-known Quincy area UGRR participants will on display.
The Freedom Project is made possible through The Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area and Lincoln Home National Historic Site. The exhibit is traveling to Looking for Lincoln communities throughout the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area in 2019-2020.
The Illinois Freedom Project is an initiative geared towards teaching youth the journey from slavery to freedom in Illinois through a focused multimedia effort which includes a web site, videos, printed materials, curriculum and a traveling exhibit. Together, these resources present the stories of freedom through the lens of the people, places, and events covering over 200 years of Illinois history.

For more info contact:HSQAC, 217-222-1835

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