Two New Exhibits

Our  newest exhibits:  “Something So Horrible”, The Springfield Race Riot of 1908, and “Four African American Churches”. 

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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Protest Exhibit

An exhibit of photographs taken by Ramona Boston, from last June at the protests and events in Springfield is now on display at our museum! When are you planning to visit?

Join us this summer as African American History Comes to life.  You will hear about the history, lives and contributions of African Americans that you may not be aware of. Learn and speak to professional first-person interpreters who take on the persona of a historical figure, speaking and dressing as if they are the really that person. See complete schedule

Negro Baseball Leagues Exhibit

Over the next several months we are going to start promoting our upcoming exhibit, Negro Baseball League which opens Sept 4th. We want to share some history each week  about the Negro Leagues. Watch these short videos on various baseball topics.

"The Black Babe Ruth" aka Josh Gibson is featured in Chapter 7.

Iconic and black-owned Street Hotel and how it became the hottest place to stay in downtown Kansas City is told in Chapter 8.

Upcoming Events

1:30 pm History Comes Alive!
History Comes Alive!
Aug 7 @ 1:30 pm
Jim Lewis: “Civil Rights Laws” History Comes Alive! Jim Lewis, former civil rights worker and civil rights attorney in Mississippi (1966-1973) and former United States Attorney here (2010-2016), will speak on the history, meaning and impact of our country’s civil rights laws–in healing our country’s divisions based on race. Presentation begins at 1:30 p.m. and[...]
all-day Negro League Baseball Exhibit
Negro League Baseball Exhibit
Sep 4 – Oct 30 all-day
The Negro League Baseball Exhibit will be at the Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum. 
6:00 pm Annual Gala
Annual Gala
Oct 22 @ 6:00 pm
Save the Date! Details will follow!  

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Tuesday-Saturday Noon until 4:00PM

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

Phone: (217 ) 391-6323



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