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 bought a total of 16 family members out of slavery, starting with his pregnant wife. Senator Barack Obama said, “New Philadelphia is a site of national importance as the first town known to be founded and platted by African Americans.” Join the museum as we welcome Gerald A. McWorter and Kate Williams-McWorter as they share their family’s story and the task of writing about American history.
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