HLGU Hosts African American History Exhibit

by Rebecca Sneed

In celebration of Black History Month, HLGU’s Roland Library is proud to have on display various pictures and artifacts regarding African American history. The display, with items on loan from Jim’s Journey: The Huck Finn Freedom Center, will be open for the month of February.

Included in the display are the clergy robe, ordination certificate, and picture of Rev. Donald A. Sprague, a former HLGU student and pastor of the 8th and Center Street Baptist Church. Also included in the display are pictures of Rev. Sprague’s church and choir, and photos of local African Americans.

“We are very pleased to host this display, and greatly appreciate the Huck Finn Freedom Center for sharing it with our campus,” stated Julie Andreson, HLGU Library Director. “It is important for us to remember our past, learn from our struggles, and celebrate our progress. I feel privileged to have such important historical documents to share with our students.”

The community is welcome to view the exhibit during the normal operating hours of the Roland Library, Monday-Friday, 7:30 am to midnight, and Saturday, noon to 5 pm.

For more information on the exhibit, contact Faye Dant at 217-617-1507, or via email at fayedant@gmail.com.