Event date: 9/8/2018 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Export event Elaine Evans / Tuesday, September 4, 2018 / Categories: Events, Bicentennial Event, General News History, Coal Mining and Race Relations Author talks and book signings will be held at Books on the Square in Springfield on Saturday, September 8, 2018. The sessions, held in their recently opened presentation space at 427 E. Washington St., will feature a variety of history-related topics. At 10 a.m., David Scott, editor, and William Furry, executive director of the Illinois State Historical Society, will discuss the special Bicentennial Commemorative of the Prairie State, featuring more than 30 articles celebrating the state’s two-hundred-year history. The articles are taken from the Society’s quarterly Journal, which has presented scholarship for 110 years. Colorful episodes, meaningful events and significant characters are featured. At 11 a.m., authors Kevin Corley and Doug King offer perspectives on the historical fiction novel they have recently collaborated on, entitled Sundown Town. Combining the history of coal mining and the recruitment of African-Americans to move from Alabama to Illinois, the story exemplifies the racial and economic struggles that were common regionally in the early years of the last century. The book is based on the Pana Massacre of 1899. At Noon, relatives of “Free Frank” McWorter, founder of the first African-American town in the U.S., will introduce their new book, New Philadelphia. Gerald McWorter and Kate Williams-McWorter focused their writing on the activities of the families who settled the town of that name in Illinois, citing seven aspects of how the former slaves pressed for freedom. A brief panel discussion by the four authors featured at 11 a.m. and Noon, is expected to follow. Location: Books on the Square 427 East Washington Street Springfield, IL (Map) Print 175 Rate this article: No rating Tags: Coal Mining Illinois State Historical Society Bicentennial Bicentennial Event African-Americans Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society Race Relations Please login or register to post comments.