‘African-Americans in Rockford—Lincoln’s Era’ on display at main library
From press release
Throughout February, in honor of Black History Month, the new exhibit “African-Americans in Rockford—Lincoln’s Era,” will be on display at the Main Library, 215 N. Wyman St., near the Local History room on the third floor.
This exhibit, created by the Adult Services Department in 2009, highlights 13 African-Americans from the 1830s to 1870s. The following featured individuals and their families lived in Rockford: Lewis Lemon, Isaac Wilson, Reuben Armstrong, David & Rebecca Williams, James Williams, Anna Williams, Harriet Tucker, Ryan & Mary Prince Tucker, and Isaac Donnelly.
The nationally-famous orators Hezekiah Ford Douglass (who lived in Belvidere), Frederick Douglass, and Sojourner Truth spoke in Rockford on occasion. This exhibit is based in large part on a book, African-Americans in Early Rockford, 1834-1871, by John L. Molyneaux, published by Rockford Public Library in 2000.
For more information, see the events calendar online at www.rockfordpubliclibrary/events.
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