Hearing history: Illinois and the underground railroad

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In the mid 1830’s, countless numbers of slaves passed through Illinois to escaped slavery through the underground railroad. 

The Peoria Riverfront Museum hosted an hour long lecture, as a part of their Illinois lecture series, on the underground railroad through central Illinois. 

“Perhaps the greatest flaw when our country was created, was that the United States of America held up this model of democracy and freedom to the world, but at the same time allowed slavery to exist in southern states,” says Owen Muelder, Knox College Underground Railroad Historian.

Peoria Riverfront Museum’s next event in the lecture series will be a panel discussion on the history of labor in Illinois on Sunday, May 6th

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