Celebrating Black History Month

This virtual, multimedia exhibit honors some of the most influential African Americans and their contributions to humanity. Experience the stories of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Harriet Tubman, Booker T. Washington, Ida B. Wells, Barack Obama and many more notable leaders brought to life with historical video and audio clips and other media. Elgin historian and advocate Ernie Broadnax will be among those featured. Celebrate local leaders making a difference in our community.

Check out our Black History Playlist on Youtube: 




Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Monday, January 18 | 2 pm

Black Voices, Black Joy: A Virtual Event Series

  • Wednesdays, February 3, 10, 17 and 24 | 6 – 6:30 pm
The New Jim Crow: Community Read on Racism
  • Sunday, January 24 | 2 pm
Raising Black Voices: Author Interview with Charles Waters 
  • Monday, February 15 | 2 pm

Watch the introductory video above. Experience the exhibit yourself below.


Project 2-3-1: Two Boxcars, Three Blocks, One City

This traveling exhibit tells the history of African Americans in Elgin, from “contrabands” who were slaves during the Civil War who arrived in Elgin by boxcars to present-day Black citizens and their accomplishments. Experience enthralling stories and photos of this exhibit, created by the Elgin History Museum, local historian Ernie Broadnax and Grindstone Productions.

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