From the Board

Thank each and every one of you for choosing to donate to the AAHM. Your sponsorships will sustain the AAHM for the upcoming year.

AAHM Video Series

We are proud to present the AAHM video series which highlights the exhibits at the Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum.

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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.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.Remembering Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Compiled by Nell Clay

In the news!

Museum board member, Aaron Pearl-Cropp was featured in the State Journal-Register on January 18, 2021 regarding his collection of Civil Rights memorabilia. Read the article, “This is America’s History” here:

Hours & Info

No hours are scheduled at this time due to COVID-19 Tier 3 mitigation measures.

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 Webinars

7:00 pm Driving the Green Book Webinar
Driving the Green Book Webinar
Feb 10 @ 7:00 pm
Driving the Green Book Webinar
Alvin Hall and Janée Woods Weber on their living history podcast, Driving the Green Book    In the summer of 2019, award-winning broadcaster Alvin Hall and activist and social justice trainer Janée Woods Weber hit the road, driving 2,021 miles from Detroit to New Orleans collecting personal stories from Black Americans who used the Negro Motorist Green[...]
7:00 pm Conversations with Author Dr. Th...
Conversations with Author Dr. Th...
Feb 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Conversations with Author Dr. Thavolia Glymph
Feb 24th Conversations with Author Dr. Thavolia Glymph 7 p.m. CST Dr. Thavolia Glymph will join us to discuss her latest book, “The Women’s Fight”. In this book, ThavoliaGlymph provides a comprehensive new history of women’s roles and lives in the Civil War–North and South, white and black, slave and free–showing how women were essentially[...]
7:00 pm Camp Butler National Cemetery Th...
Camp Butler National Cemetery Th...
Apr 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Camp Butler National Cemetery Then and Now
April 6th Camp Butler National Cemetery Then and Now 7 p.m. CST Join us as Joseph Wheeler, Foreman of Camp Butler discusses with us the its rich history and its current mission. Camp Butler National Cemetery is located in Sangamon County near Riverton, Ill., and occupies a portion of what was the second-largest military training[...]

In the Spotlight


Driving the Green Book
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