A heritage commission in the Chicago suburb of Elgin plans to publicly commemorate the community's settlement of former slaves for the first time.Wow, black American history is truly found in a lot of places isn't it?
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.
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: