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Historically Black Champaign-Urbana

For the month of February to commemorate Black History Month, we here at the Champaign County Historical Archives will use this space to highlight the history and contributions of the African-American community of Champaign County.

One of the resources available to us is our Photo Atlas application. It allows us to place historical images in their geo-spacial context on the map. Additionally, audio-visual content can be attached to the description as well.

One of our favorite "tours" is the one we developed for historically black Champaign-Urbana. One can see images of schools, traditionally African-American churches, and community centers. The tour can be viewed here.

Additionally, the entry for the Frederick Douglass Recreation Center includes an oral history of the institution by Erma Bridgewater, former director of the center. The entry for the Douglass Center is here.

Take a look!


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