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ISHS seeks sponsors for ten new historical markers to help tell the story of African Americans in Illinois

Elaine Evans
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ISHS seeks sponsors for ten new historical markers to help tell the story of African Americans in Illinois

The Illinois State Historical Society seeks sponsors for ten new ISHS historical markers commemorating people, places, or events that help tell the story of African Americans in Illinois. We are especially interested in recognizing individuals who made significant contributions to the social, educational, economic, and cultural heritage of their communities and to the state or
nation at large.

The ISHS has started a process whereby school groups, civic organizations, historical societies and private individuals can nominate potential historical marker subjects and submit them to the ISHS Historical Markers Committee for review, with the goal of identifying and fabricating the new markers for calendar year 2021.

We hope to generate between 25-100 new topics for historical markers. In addition to nominations commemorating the African-American experience in Illinois, we seek nominations about other Illinoisans who have been excluded from the public history narrative.

We also encourage Illinois Centennial Businesses and Illinois Sesquicentennial Houses of Worship to apply for an ISHS historical marker to affix to your storefront, church, or corporate headquarters. For more details call the Society office at 217-525-2781.

Sponsorships for ISHS historical markers range from $2,500 to $5,000, but contributions of any size are welcome. The ISHS has more than 600 historical markers around the state. For a list by county or by topic, visit

Thank you for your consideration, and our very best wishes to everyone as we soldier through this pandemic!

Nomination form

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