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Celebrating Black History Month in Bloomington-Normal

Welcome to Bloomington-Normal, where history and culture intertwine to shape our community. As we commemorate Black History Month, there’s no better time to delve into the rich heritage of this region. Whether you’re a history enthusiast, a cultural explorer, or simply a curious traveler, there’s something for everyone to discover.

Exploring the Bloomington-Normal Black History Project

Founded in 1982, the Bloomington-Normal Black History Project (BNBHP) is a cornerstone of local heritage. Delve into its extensive collections spanning the 19th and 20th centuries, including photographs, portraits, articles, and more. Affiliated with the McLean County Historical Society, the BNBHP offers workshops, scholarships, and ongoing support for those interested in studying African-American history. For more information, visit the Black History Project | McLean County Museum of History.

Unveiling History at the McLean County Museum of History

Step into the McLean County Museum of History and immerse yourself in exhibits Choices Challenges and Change exhibit , Making a Home gallery, Working for a Living gallery and the Community in Conflict gallery illuminate the African American experience in the region. From migration narratives to community struggles and triumphs, each gallery tells a compelling story of resilience and perseverance.

Don’t miss upcoming events hosted in collaboration with the Bloomington-Normal Black History Project, including:

Saturday February 10, 2024 1pm “A Reunion: The Booker T. Washington Home”

Saturday February 17, 2024 1pm “A Reunion: Neighbors, Friends, and Musicians”

Embracing Cultural Events

Dive into the vibrant cultural scene of Bloomington-Normal by exploring local events and festivals celebrating African American heritage. From art exhibitions to live performances, there’s no shortage of opportunities to engage with diverse talents and perspectives. Keep an eye out for the Bloomington Cultural Festival and Juneteenth Celebration, both cherished highlights of the area’s cultural calendar.


Connecting with Communities

Forge meaningful connections by engaging with local communities and organizations. The Black Student Union at Illinois State University serves as a hub for Black students, addressing their needs and fostering unity. Learn more about their initiatives and events by visiting ISU Black Student Union.

Celebrate Diversity, Embrace History

In Bloomington-Normal, Black History Month is more than a commemoration—it’s an invitation to celebrate diversity, embrace history, and forge connections that transcend borders. Whether you’re delving into archives, attending cultural events, or engaging with local communities, each experience adds depth and richness to your journey. So, come explore, learn, and celebrate the vibrant heritage that makes Bloomington-Normal a truly unforgettable destination.


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Dr. Charles Morris, a professor of mathematics at ISU, spoke in support of the 1967 Open Housing ordinance. Learn more 1967 (

Main website top picture: Bloomington-Normal NAACP meeting, 1944
Copyright 2002 McLean County Historical Society

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