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Jacksonville African American History Museum

859 Grove St, Jacksonville, IL 62650

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The Jacksonville African American History Museum is located in the historical Underground Railroad site, the Asa Talcott home.

The museum features very interesting local and National African American History from slavery to present times. It's set up like a timeline and offers information on Slavery, local and National Underground Railroad history, and Civil Rights along with African American inventors and many other parts. Like Dr. Alonzo Kenniebrew, who was the first African American in the United States to own and operate his own hospital (located in Jacksonville) and was personal physician to Booker T. Washington. 

The Asa Talcott home is one of 7 UGRR sites in Jacksonville, built in or before 1833. Asa was a brick maker who assisted slaves escaping from the South along with other local abolitionist. He was also a founding member of the local Congregational Church in which all members were also abolitionist.

Open throughout the entire year by appoinment only.

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  • Mon: Closed
  • Tue: Closed
  • Wed: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Thu: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Fri: Closed
  • Sat: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Sun: 1:00pm – 4:00pm

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