Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Suburban Elgin to commemorate Black settlement

This AP story is worth noting. I originally saw it in the site feeds on the Capitol Fax blog yesterday:
A heritage commission in the Chicago suburb of Elgin plans to publicly commemorate the community's settlement of former slaves for the first time.

The Elgin Heritage Commission says it will install a historical marker on a corner of the four-block area that African-Americans fleeing the South first settled in October 1862. Blacks reached the community through the Illinois Central portion of the Underground Railroad.

African-American Elgin residents lived within the four-block area until the late 1950s.

The sign is scheduled for dedication in May. Bill Briska, the heritage commission chair, says it will be the first public memorial of the settlement. 
Wow, black American history is truly found in a lot of places isn't it?

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