- Illinois State Museum, Springfield
This trip blends fact and fiction, revealing the stories of African Americans whose lives began in enslavement and endured struggles even after receiving freedom.
In the last 25 years, New Philadelphia, Illinois has been studied and acknowledged as the first town in the United States to be platted and registered by an African American. Founded in 1831 by Free Frank McWorter, it survived for more than 100 years. From 2004 to 2011, the town was studied by the New Philadelphia Archaeological Project, and is now on the National Register of Historic Places.
In Hannibal, The Huck Finn Freedom Center tells the stories of African American residents throughout the town’s history. Mark Twain’s book The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn tells the story
of Jim, a slave trying to escape to freedom. The exhibit, Jim’s Journey tells the story of Daniel Quarles, the man who is believed to have been Twain’s inspiration for the character. Executive Director Faye Dant will talk about developing the Center to include community experiences of segregation, integration, Jim Crow, and the Civil Rights movement.
Highlights will include:
- Trip hosted by leaders of the New Philadelphia Archaeological project: ISM Emeritus Curator of Anthropology Dr. Terrance Martin and ISM Research Associate in Anthropology Claire Martin
- New Philadelphia walking tour and discussion with members of the New Philadelphia Association
- Huck Finn Freedom Center and Jim’s Journey with remarks by Executive Director Faye Dant
- Time to explore downtown Hannibal
- Chartered motorcoach
- Lunch and snacks
- Admission to both sites
- Educational presentations
Cost (per person)
- Members: $114
- Non-Members: $129
- $75 per person deposit due by Monday, August 5
- Final balance due by Friday, September 6