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

Please stop by the Museum to see our new Dr. Martin Luther King Exhibit, as well as the other Museum exhibits which tell authentic stories about African American life in Central Illinois past and present.


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

1440 Monument Avenue
Springfield, Illinois 62702
Email: siaahf@yahoo.com
Phone: (217 ) 391-6323
Toll Free: (877) 757-2247

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

12:30 pm Legends Luncheon
Legends Luncheon
Mar 10 @ 12:30 pm
Legends Luncheon
The Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum along with several organizations throughout the community, are planning events to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. King and to recognize the contributions he made to this nation throughout 2018. We also note that March is National Women’s History Month. This year, our[...]

Community Events

all-day Hoogland Center of Springfield P...
Hoogland Center of Springfield P...
Mar 2 – Mar 4 all-day
“All the Way” is a play that begins as LBJ becomes President and deals with pressure from Dr. King and other activists to pass the Civil Rights Ac. Performances on March 2,3,4 and 9,10,11. More information about this event is at http://www.hcfta.org/event/56ffbe4c39926180f4ebe14b8b5975f7

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