AAHM's mission statement is "To tell authentic stories about African American life in Springfield and Central Illinois through exhibitions, education, collections and programs to preserve, interpret and celebrate African American history and culture."

The Springfield & Central Illinois African American History Museum will be closed for construction beginning May 13, 2024.  We are excited about the expansion project which will add more exhibit space onto the back of the museum.  Construction is scheduled to be completed sometime late Summer or early Fall. Please see our website for updates. 

While the building at 1440 Monument will be closed for construction, AAHM plans to maintain offering relevant programming to the Springfield & Central Illinois community.  Sign up for our email list to receive the most current announcements.  All events will be announced on our website.

For urgent inquiries, please contact us at our temporary number (217) 361-9942.


On This Day In History

🌟On This Day in History: July 12, 1993🌟

On July 12th, 1993, Anthony A. Williams broke barriers by becoming the first African American Chief Financial Officer for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. His leadership and dedication to public service paved the way for future generations. Williams continued to make history by being elected as the mayor of Washington, D.C. in 1998. His tenure as mayor was marked by significant improvements in the city's financial health and infrastructure, earning him widespread respect and admiration. Today, we honor and celebrate Anthony A. Williams's remarkable contributions and the lasting impact he has had on both the USDA and the nation's capital.

2024 Events

July 2024

  • July 13, 2024: The 1619 Book Club at the DeFrates Room, Lincoln Library 12 pm - 1:30 pm
  • July 24, 2024: Adult Game Night at CAP 1908 Social Innovation Center 7 pm - 10 pm
  • July 27, 2024: Kids Game Night! at the Multipurpose Room, Lincoln Library 12-2 PM

August 2024

  • August 8-18, 2024: History Exhibit at the Illinois State Fair

September 2024
September 14: Coffee and Conversations

October 2024
October 10, 2024: The 13th Annual “Honoring our Heritage, AAHM Gala”

November 2024
November 1, 2024: Greek Christmas Decorating

December 2024

  • December 6, 2024: Greek Christmas Event
  • December 25-26, 2024: Closed in Observance of Christmas
    December 27, 2024: Kwanzaa Celebration

Our Exhibits

We invite you to visit our exhibits when our Museum reopens in late summer or early fall. Stay tuned!

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We are currently closed due to construction. Stay tuned for the grand reopening!

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


1440 Monument Avenue
Springfield, Illinois 62702
Temporary Phone: (217 ) 361-9942



Donations are strongly encouraged.