Black History in our Community

In 1862, 110 former slaves left the south by train to start the first black community in Elgin. Learn the history of these first settlers and see how their journey led to their views of freedom, slavery, discrimination, and hope for the future. 


After many years of research, the documentary, Project 2-3-1, was filmed to tell the story of African-American history in Elgin.  The film was produced in partnership with Grindstone Productions, Elgin Area Historical Society and Elginite Ernie Broadnax. More information can be found on the Elgin History Museum's website. The DVD is available for checkout at Gail Borden Public Library.