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Project Overview

In 2011 Lincoln Home National Historic Site with many community partners undertook a project to investigate the places that best represent the inspiring stories of the move from slavery to freedom in Illinois. The project engaged historians, youth mentors, videographers, web designers, and others to present these freedom stories in an engaging way. The goal of the project is to teach history and inspire youth by presenting stories of victory through adversity.

In 2015 the Illinois Freedom Project web site was launched. This youth focused multimedia web site provides resources to teach the interconnected story of slavery to freedom through the lens of people, places and events in Illinois from eighteenth century French settlements through early twentieth century Chicago.

During the summer of 2017 the project partners organized field trips, called "Illinois Freedom Journeys," to select Freedom Project locations throughout Illinois. An Illinois Freedom Project hand book, curriculum and traveling exhibit were also developed. The exhibit, with the web site, videos and curriculum, will provide the youth mentors at those facilities with opportunities and tools to inspire youth with the stories of freedom. And, hopefully inspire them to visit these places themselves, if not statewide then the sites in their region and neighborhood.

Illinois Freedom Project Partners

Illinois Freedom Project Team