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New Philadelphia Exhibit

The New Philadelphia Town Site is the original site of the now-vanished town of “New Philadelphia”, Illinois. It is located near the city of Barry, in Pike County. Founded in 1836, it was the first town in the United States platted and registered by an African American before the American Civil War. The founder Free Frank McWorter was a former slave who was able to save money from work and his own business to purchase the freedom of his wife, himself and 13 members of his family in Kentucky. Exhibit available to tourists during regular museum hours. Click here for more information.

Dr. Sandra McWorter
Guest Lecturer on New Philadelphia & the McWorter Family
February 25, 2017, 3;00 - 5:00 pm

National Women’s History Month
Saturday, March 11th, 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Image credit, the National Women’s History Project

The Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum will celebrate National Women’s History Month. The museum’s 2017 program will host a dynamic panel discussion with women who have made local and national trailblazing footprints.  Our theme is: “Women Who Are Making Strides in Our Community, and How They Make It All Work.”

In the United States Women’s History Month traces its beginnings back to 1911. The National Women’s History Month’s theme for 2017 is: Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government. The theme for 2017 honors women who have shaped America’s history and its future through their public service and government leadership. Click here for more information about the event.

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

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

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Phone: (217 ) 391-6323
Toll Free: (877) 757-2247

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    1440 Monument Avenue
    Springfield, Illinois 62702