The Springfield & Central Illinois African American History Museum features exhibits which tell authentic stories about African American life in Central Illinois past and present.
Special events and private guided tours can be made outside of general admission times.
Please call the office to schedule your event,
(217) 391-6323, Toll Free (877) 757-2247.
• Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., A Commemoration
• The Juneteenth Timeline
• The Middle Passage, an Interactive Slave Ship Experience
• “Something So Horrible,” Springfield 1908 Race Riot
• Negro Leagues Baseball in Central Illinois
• Illinois African American Pioneer Families
• Illinois Freedom Project
• “Follow the Recipe,” African American Cooking from Slavery to Today
• Oak Ridge Cemetery, The Colored Section
Martin Luther King Jr., A Commemoration
The Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum is proud to present, 'Martin Luther King Jr.: A Commemoration'
The second reinstall of this exhibit has been done to celebrate the life and legacy of our Dr. King. You will be sure to find illuminating details about his childhood and assistance in the fight for racial and social equity.
It can be viewed at the AAHM from now until April 15, 2023.
This timeline commemorates pivotal moments in American and Springfield history and displays how freedom and justice have been delayed and denied for its Black residents. Although significant strides have been made towards the assurance that all Americans can exercise their basic human rights, this timeline shows that there is still work to do.
Lincoln Leadership Prize Reciepients
The Illinois Freedom Project
The Illinois Freedom Project exhibition is an outgrowth of an educational program that engages young people with African American history in Illinois. The exhibition traces Black Illinoisans’ struggles for freedom from the French Colonial era to early-20th-century Chicago. The Illinois Freedom Project provides a glimpse into the struggles and victories of African Americans in Illinois.
Introducing, Follow the Recipe, a new exhibit at the Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum. Curated (from her private collection) by local historian, former librarian and AAHM Board Member, Kathryn Harris, this exhibit pays homage to the variety and richness of African American cuisine with a look through an array of "Soulfood" cookbooks on display. Museum open W-Sat Noon to 4 p.m.