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Freedom & Remembrance Memorial

Event date: 11/15/2022 1:00 PM Export event
Jenni Dahl
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Freedom & Remembrance Memorial

Peoria Historical Society and the Illinois State Historical Society

November 3, 2022 INVITATION Peoria, Illinois
You are invited to the public presentation of the complete set of historical markers cast for the Freedom & Remembrance Memorial planned for South Peoria. This event, supported by the Peoria Historical Society and the Illinois State Historical Society (ISHS), will be held as follows:

Tuesday, November 15th at 1:00 pm
Grand Lobby of the Peoria Riverfront Museum
222 SW Washington Street, Peoria IL

The large, beautiful blue and gold markers being presented here will commemorate: Peoria’s forgotten Moffatt Cemetery and the more than 2,600 Peorians, now known by name, whose unmarked graves lie yet today under South Peoria pavement and buildings, including 52 veterans -- 49 Union Civil War soldiers, one of whom was in the 29th Regiment of US Colored Troops present at the original Juneteenth at Galveston, Texas, in 1865, as well as one each who served in the 1792 Virginia Militia, the War of 1812, and the Spanish-American War, and Nance Legins-Costley – who is nationally known as the first enslaved person that young lawyer Abraham Lincoln helped free in a landmark Illinois State Supreme Court case in 1841. The memorial site at the corner of SW Adams and Griswold Streets, which is near but not on the cemetery grounds, will be donated to the City of Peoria by the United Union of Roofers Local #69. The markers, funded by national, state, and local grantors, the ISHS, and the Memorial Project Team, will also be donated to the City. The Peoria Park District will install the markers and participate with the City for future maintenance. Memorial dedication is planned for early 2023. Parking is available in the PRM garage and on Main, Water and Liberty Streets. Event guests are free to explore displays and exhibits of the only multidisciplinary museum of its kind in the nation using art, science, history, and achievement to inspire confidence, lifelong learning, and talent. RSVP appreciated via:

More information at:
Bob Hoffer, for the Freedom & Remembrance Memorial Project Team

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