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

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) 757-2246

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

5:30 pm “New Philadelphia” Book Launch a...
“New Philadelphia” Book Launch a...
Jul 26 @ 5:30 pm
"New Philadelphia" Book Launch and Signing @ Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum | Springfield | Illinois | United States
The Springfield & Central Illinois African American History Museum (AAHM) will host the book launching of New Philadelphia by Gerald A McWorter & Kate Williams –McWorter on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 5:30pm. New Philadelphia, Illinois, was an abolitionist town just 20 miles from slavery, inhabited for more than 100 years. Town founder Frank McWorter[...]
5:30 pm Grand Opening of the 1908 Race R...
Grand Opening of the 1908 Race R...
Aug 4 @ 5:30 pm
Panels are being provided by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum.
6:00 pm Screening of film “Springfield H...
Screening of film “Springfield H...
Aug 14 @ 6:00 pm
Screening of film “Springfield Had No Shame” followed by a discussion. The film is currently the only documentary currently available about the Springfield Race Riots of 1908. Location: Lincoln Library
6:00 pm Gala, 2018 – 200 Years of Africa...
Gala, 2018 – 200 Years of Africa...
Oct 25 @ 6:00 pm
Gala, 2018 - 200 Years of African American Achievements @ Crowne Plaza | Springfield | Illinois | United States
Recognizing this years’ Bicentennial of the State, the AAHM will be shining a light on some of the Illinois African Americans who made significant contributions to the development of the state, many who also shaped the course of American history. This year’s Gala will be held at the Crowne Plaza

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