Black History Month: Black History Cemetery Walk | Springfield, Illinois | Visit Springfield
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February 24, 2024
11am & 2:30pm

Oak Ridge Cemetery
1441 Monument Ave. Springfield, IL 62702
217-789-2340

Free (Advanced Registration Required)


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On Saturday, Feb. 24, Springfield State Historic Sites will partner with the Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum to offer a history hike in Oak Ridge Cemetery. The 90-minute hike will begin at 11 a.m. at the museum, 1440 Monument Ave. A second opportunity to hike the same route will be offered at 2:30 p.m.

This 90-minute walk through Oak Ridge Cemetery focuses on the history of Springfield’s Black community, discussing great tragedies as well as stories of success in the face of severe adversity and prejudice. Water and hiking shoes recommended. Hot cocoa will be available to guests following the hike inside the Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum, where exbibits will be open for viewing. 

 

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