Past Exhibits

Below are just some of the exhibits that The Springfield & Central Illinois African American History Museum featured in past years. 

Some of these exhibits are still available as traveling exhibits. Please call the office for more information.
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Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority

Celebrating 100 years of service


The Negro Leagues Baseball Exhibit, September 4 - October 30, 2021


September 4 - October 30, 2021

This exhibit, on loan from the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, MO, honors and explores the connections of African American Baseball history to Hispanic cultures, communities and countries. Includes profiles of players and a timeline of baseball history. Negro Leagues Beisbol, a production of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, MO will be at the AAHM September 4 - October 30, 2021.

Exhibit online resources 

Michael Bracey

Author and documentary photographer Michael J. Bracey currently resides in Maywood, IL. His work has been published in various magazines, newspapers, annual reports, and purchased by many private collectors worldwide. His featured exhibition will include works from his books, “Africans Within the Americas” and his latest book, “Caras Lindas de Colombia” (Beautiful faces of Colombia), which was published in June 2018.

Protest, Photography by Ramona Boston

Protest Exhibit

The Four Oldest African American Churches in Springfield, Illinois


The Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum recognizes the four oldest African American Churches in Springfield, Illinois.

"Doc" Helm Photography

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This exhibit of stunning black and white photographs by Eddie Winfred Helm (1911-1994), fondly known as "Doc" Helm, covers a broad range of people and places. During 50 years as the Secretary of State's photographer, Helm captured on film momentous events and occasions. During that time, he also photographed a multitude of everyday events, people and places. In this collection are political and sports figures, doctor's offices, lunch counters, nigh clubs, farm scenes a more. We challenge you to identify some of the individuals pictured. Helm's daughter, Beverly Jean Renfro, is generously loaning these photographs to the Museum.

Arts For The Ages 

Arts for the Ages, an exhibit of Springfield Public Schools District 186 Students - January 15th through March, 2022. From noon until 4:00 PM., Tuesday through Saturday, open and free to the public.

Robert Moore's United States Marshalls


The elite cadre of US Marshals was once the domain of white men only. In 1875 Bass Reeves was the first black man appointed a US Marshal and in 1877 President Lincoln appointed Fredrick Douglass a US Marshal. It was 85 years until the next African-American received an appointment.

Robert Moore was appointed by President Bill Clinton on October 17, 1994 and served until his retirement on June 29, 2002. This exhibit is curated by US Marshal Robert Moore and contains many items from his personal collection.

Black Trooper Exhibit

Please join us on Saturday, December 18th at 2:00pm at the Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum for the Grand Opening of the Black Trooper Exhibit. Ret. U.S. Marshal and Ret. Illinois State Trooper Robert Moore will give a presentation on the exhibit, which highlights Black and Hispanic Troopers in the State of Illinois. Mr. Moore is the lead Curator and primary researcher of the exhibit, which is on loan from the Illinois State Police. The exhibit will be on display from December 18th, 2021until January 29th, 2022.  The Museum hours are Tuesday -Saturday, 12:00pm – 4:00pm.

History Maker Banners


The "History Maker Banners" honor prominent Illinois African Americans. Visit the exhibit to learn of the significant contributions made by these exemplary individuals.

The Stories of Quilts


A timeless look at Midwestern quilts, their purpose and evolution. Early Sangamon County quilts made entirely by hand are displayed side-by-side with today's machine techniques.