Brooklyn Beginnings: The Settlement and Founders of a Historic Black Town in Southern Illinois

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

  • Research & Collections Center, Springfield

Event Venue: 

1011 E. Ash St., Springfield, IL

Event Audience: 

Adult
Teen

Fee: 

Free and open to the public

Brown Bag Program presented by Miranda Yancey-Bailey

Brooklyn, Illinois is known as the first majority Black town to be incorporated in the United States in 1873. Nearly forty years prior, Brooklyn was one of the few settlements in the area that allowed African Americans to purchase lots and build homes. This lecture will discuss the town's unofficial founder, Priscilla Baltimore, its early residents and institutions, and its initial growth and development.

Bring your lunch and join us for a different speaker and topic on the third Wednesday of each month. Brown Bag Lectures are held at the ISM Research & Collections Center at 1011 E. Ash St. in Springfield. The Collections Center must be accessed from the new gate on Ash St. and approached from 11th Street or further east due to the rail closure at Ash and 10 ½ Streets. For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696.

 

 

Brooklyn Illinois welcome sign

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