Past Event

Blacks and Whites Chipping Away at Racism in the 1850s

A Road Scholar Program by Jane Ann Moore

In this presentation, Jane Ann Moore discusses the severe restrictions of Illinois’ "black laws" of the early 19th Century. Prominent men like Frederick Douglass, John Jones, Owen Lovejoy, Ichabod Codding, and Zebina Eastman pressured the Illinois legislature to rescind these laws with little effect. Starting in 1854 when the antislavery Republicans gained 25% of the State Legislature, these forces able to begin pushing for laws that would, among other things, allow blacks to be witnesses in court, to be included on juries, and to have access to public education.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Jill Gray, 309.343.6118.