African American Remembrance Day
Oak Ridge Cemetery “Colored Section” Presentation
Free and open to the public
Sunday July 28, 2019 at 4 p.m., rain or shine
The tour will be led by Springfield historian, Richard E. Hart who says:
“Many of the African Americans buried in this beautiful section of Oak Ridge Cemetery have descendants still living in the Springfield community. Some of those buried here were friends of Abraham Lincoln. Several were Underground Railroad conductors. One led Lincoln’s horse in his 1865 funeral procession. One was Lincoln’s friend and boot maker who was executed in the 1908 race riot. Aunt Jane Pellam was Lincoln’s friend and neighbor. These and more are buried here in a most historic section of this cemetery.”
Meet at The African American History Museum, 1440 Monument Ave. Springfield, IL 62702 (at the entrance to the cemetery) at 4 p.m. and we will cavalcade to the location in the Cemetery. Bring a lawn chair and umbrella if you would like. Drinks and Snacks will be provided.