Not only is February the second month of the Illinois bicentennial (1818-2018), it’s also Black History Month! To celebrate, we’re bringing you 28 days of trivia, quotes, fun facts, and more about the lives and legacies of African Americans in Illinois history. You can follow along on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and our blog.
Pictured above is Chicagoan Oscar Stanton De Priest, the first African American elected to Congress in the 20th century.
Want to learn more about African American history in the Prairie State? Come visit us, give us a call, or send us an email or message! We’d love to help.
Blog posts in this series: Fannie Barrier Williams "Any Honorable Position": The Life of John J. Bird