Connect to Joliet’s African American History on February 11

Connect to Joliet’s African American History on February 11

Published: February 3, 2023.

Join Lewis University’s History Center and Second Baptist Church in Joliet to learn about African American History right in Joliet's backyard.  “From the Past to the Future: Reclaiming the African American Narrative” will be presented by Morgan Jennings, student history grant coordinator at Lewis University, at 11 a.m. February 11. The event is free and open to the public at Second Baptist Church, 156 S. Joliet Street, Joliet, Illinois.

Attendees will learn of the stories discovered as Lewis University has embarked on a yearlong journey to unearth untold stories of Joliet's history. It is part of the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation's "Broadening Narratives” initiative which aims to fund specific collections projects that bring forward underrepresented stories. All projects promote BIPOC communities, LGBTQ+ perspectives, working-class narratives, small community experiences, as well as other underrepresented groups and viewpoints.

In addition to a presentation by Jennings, attendees can view a banner exhibit and enjoy a lunch reception with Second Baptist’s Senior Club. 

“I love that we’re able to finally see this community project making its way around the community. We’ve worked together with four African American organizations from Joliet’s Southend. We are so thankful to the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation for support of this project," Jennings commented.

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