Free Admission to Illinois Holocaust Museum in honor of Black History Month
  • For the last three Saturdays in February, visitors to Illinois Holocaust Museum will enjoy free admission for Black History Month, due to generous funding from Bank of America. These Saturdays fall during the opening month of the Museum’s first-ever exhibition to focus on slavery in the United States: "Purchased Lives: The American Slave Trade from 1808 to 1865."

    On February 16 and 23, the Museum will have public docent tours of Purchased Lives at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

    "Purchased Lives," originally curated by The Historic New Orleans Collection, illustrates the pain and injustice of the American domestic slave trade after the international slave trade was abolished. The exhibition illuminates how widespread the practice of slavery was in American life, as well as its impact on enslaved families across the country. Through interactive displays, the exhibit allows visitors to engage directly with the historical record by tracking the shipment of more than 70,000 people to New Orleans. It features more than 75 original artifacts, including period paintings and first-person accounts from slave narratives and oral histories. The exhibit also includes a collection of “Lost Friends” ads placed after the Civil War by newly freed people attempting to locate family members specifically in Illinois.

Free Admission to Illinois Holocaust Museum in honor of Black History Month
  • Location: Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center
  • Address: 9603 Woods Dr.
  • February 9, 2019 - February 23, 2019
  • Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center
  • Recurring weekly on Saturday