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Brooklyn, Illinois Founded by Chance Sustained by Courage: a Documentary

Date Mar 4, 2014
Time 6:00 pm  
Location Champaign Public Library - Robeson Pavillions
Cost free
Sponsor Illinois State Archaeological Survey, Prairie Research Institute
Event type Lecture
Views 38

This short film explores the struggles and history of Brooklyn, Illinois - the first incorporated all African-American town in America located near East St. Louis. Originally called Freedom Village in the early 19th century, the inhabitants participated in the Underground Railroad by helping slaves who escaped across the Mississippi River from St. Louis. In more recent years, the town was an important venue for many of the early-mid 20th century African-American musicians. Efforts are underway by Brooklyn community members and ISAS archaeologists to document and preserve important landmarks in this historic town.

A short panel discussion will follow the viewing where the audience can ask questions. Panelists include: Dr. Thomas E. Emerson (ISAS), Miranda Yancey-Bailey (ISAS), Dr. Joseph Galloy(ISAS), and Patricia Avery (NAACP).  Light refreshments will also be served.

This event is free and open to the public.

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