More then a Color: The Marginalization of African Beauty Through History | Springfield, Illinois | Visit Springfield

June 23, 2024

Illinois State Museum
502 S. Spring Street, Springfield
(217) 782-7386



Take a walk-through history hearing the stories of women whom you may not be familiar with. Illinois Humanities Road Scholar Karen Anderson will speak about the women of color in 1760 French America who figured out how to legally free themselves from slavery only to be bound by government laws, women like Sarah Baartman who had to choose between being a circus oddity or a slave, and how women like Sarah Breedlove and Ann Malone changed the way women of African descent saw themselves—how these women redefined beauty. Anderson will also reflect on a recent development: our society has started to see women of color as beautiful. Anderson will illuminate history filled with women of color who refused to view themselves through social limitation. She hopes to inspire others to decide for themselves what beauty is.