The African American Museum of Southern Illinois
Backstory and Context
The museum offers interpretive exhibits on African American art, slavery and slave artifacts, and the segregation era, among others. It has recently included displays devoted to the Tuskegee Airmen, underground railroad message quilts, and President Barack Obama. The museum also presents an annual display dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr in late January to coincide with the birthday celebrations of this civil rights icon.
The museum also offers presentations, lectures, hands-on exhibits and community outreach programs, especially to the local school districts. It regularly takes its exhibits on the road to nearby schools and assisted living communities and sponsors field trips to other historical locations in the area. Situated next to the Science Center of Southern Illinois, the museum is open daily, except on Sunday. Admission to the museum is free, but donations are accepted and greatly appreciated as all who devote their time and energy to the museum do so on a volunteer basis.