Chicago Tribune: University project aims to show how everything you know about the history of Black Illinois is kind of lacking

Chicago Tribune: University project aims to show how everything you know about the history of Black Illinois is kind of lacking. “…two years ago, [Kate] Masur and a handful of Northwestern undergraduates and graduate students started work on an online exhibition of sorts, part of an even larger archive that now spans several universities and museums, to document the radical importance of the Colored Conventions movement, one of our first nationwide conversations on race. Recently launched, their website… does not have the sexiest title: ‘Black Organizing in Pre-Civil War Illinois: Creating Community, Demanding Justice.’ But its history is more accessible than academic and its intent is ambitious: No less than a reframing of Black Illinois itself.”

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