Upcoming Events

Discover local events related to the Champaign County African American Heritage Trail.

February

February 19 | 12:00–1:00 p.m.

Watch Recording

Virtual: Hidden Stories | The History of African Americans in Champaign County

Join us for a discussion on the Champaign County African American Heritage Trail. Learn about plans for the project and hear some of the many untold stories of African Americans in Champaign County.

The Champaign County African American Heritage Trail is currently under development through the sponsorship of the Visit Champaign County Foundation. Angela M. Rivers and Dr. Barbara Suggs Mason serve as co-chairs of the committee made up of community volunteers that is planning for the Trail. They will describe the plans for the project and share some of the many untold stories of African Americans in Champaign County.

Historically, the County has always had a vibrant Black community of individuals and families who lived lives of dignity and grace despite the barriers of segregation, racial prejudice, the Ku Klux Klan, and the lack of opportunities that they encountered, often on a daily basis. The African American Heritage Trail will encompass over 170 years of history from 1850 to the present. Through Reconstruction and the Great Migration, through the Depression and two world wars, through the Civil Rights era and up to the present day, the Trail will celebrate their often hidden and incredible stories – stories that unfolded right here in the middle of East Central Illinois.