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Our Mission

We will tell authentic stories about African-American life in Central Illinois, past and present, celebrating and sharing our history and culture and planning for our future.

We will do this through scholarship, oral histories, exhibits, partnerships, our board, our supporters and our friends. We are and will be community builders.

We recognize that our stories are at once unique but connected to those of other communities and we will support those interconnections. We will be integral to the cultural life of our area. We will partner with like-minded organizations. We will be proactive in our community. We will study and apply best-practices in business, scholarship and communication.

Hours & Info

In honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King the Museum will be open Monday, January 21, 2019 from 12 PM - 4 PM. (Click image above to learn more)

Regular Hours

Tuesday through Friday, 12 PM - 4 PM
Saturday, 10 AM - 5:00 PM

1440 Monument Avenue
Springfield, Illinois 62702

Phone: (217 ) 391-6323

Admission to The Museum: Donations encouraged

Special events and private guided tours can be made outside of general admission times. Please call the office to schedule your event.

Upcoming Museum Events

12:00 pm Rev. Martin Luther King Day
Rev. Martin Luther King Day
Jan 21 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Rev. Martin Luther King Day @ Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum
The Springfield & Central Illinois African American History Museum announces that it will be open on January 21, 2019 to celebrate Martin Luther King Day (MLK Day). Join us from 12 – 4 pm as we celebrate Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s life and legacy. The day will feature story time and crafts for kids[...]
7:00 pm 10th Anniversary Ball
10th Anniversary Ball
Jan 26 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
10th Anniversary Ball @ The Hoogland Center for the Arts
Celebrating the Inauguration of Barack Obama, First African American President Music by “Soul Experience” Heavy hors d’oeuvres Tickets are $50 per person No tickets sold at the door Limited number available Options for purchasing tickets: Call the Museum at 217-391-6323. Call M. Gillespie at 217-816-1754. Purchase tickets online by clicking on the “Buy Tickets Now”[...]
5:00 pm Michael Bracey Exhibit and Book ...
Michael Bracey Exhibit and Book ...
Apr 27 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
5:00 pm – Meet and Greet 5:30 pm – Presentation
5:30 pm “Forgotten Illinois”
“Forgotten Illinois”
May 4 @ 5:30 pm
Forgotten African Americans in Illinois

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