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Lives in Code: Stories of African American Resilience

The Illinois Black Codes, 1819-1865

2023-07-06 18:00:00 2023-07-06 19:00:00 America/Chicago Lives in Code: Stories of African American Resilience Urbana Free Library - Zoom

Thursday, July 06
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Add to Calendar 2023-07-06 18:00:00 2023-07-06 19:00:00 America/Chicago Lives in Code: Stories of African American Resilience Join historian and educator, Caroline Kisiel, for a history of the Illinois Black Codes, sponsored by the Illinois Humanities Road Scholar Speaker Bureau. Urbana Free Library - Zoom

Join historian and educator, Caroline Kisiel, for a history of the Illinois Black Codes, sponsored by the Illinois Humanities Road Scholar Speaker Bureau.

As the home of celebrated champions of freedom such as Abraham Lincoln and Barack Obama, it is often surprising for Illinoisans to learn about the long history of slavery, racial segregation, and exclusion in Illinois’s past.

Federally obligated by the Northwest Ordinance of 1787 to pass its constitution as a free state in 1818, residents in the region prior to Illinois statehood had practiced slavery and indentured servitude since the 1700s. This laid the groundwork for a series of harsh laws passed post-statehood called the Illinois Black Codes, which regulated the lives of enslaved people, indentured servants, and free Blacks in Illinois from 1819-1865 – a period of 46 years.

Caroline Kisiel is a public historian and educator who has been teaching for over 25 years. With a background in immigration law, literature, history, storytelling, and performance, Kisiel writes and presents on early-Illinois history and is currently conducting research on the role of Albion, Illinois in the struggle to keep Illinois slavery-free in the early years of statehood as well as research on stories of African American resilience under the Illinois Black Codes.

Kisiel showcases researched information and historical documents, and facilitates audience engagement activities around questions of the value of history and activism through themes of early Illinois struggles to keep slavery at bay in the state, the fight for African American rights, and key early Illinois figures in this period who fought against racism and exclusion—and persevered despite the odds.

This event is being produced in partnership with Illinois Humanities. The Illinois Humanities Road Scholars Speakers Bureau invites Illinois authors, artists, and educations to share their expertise and enthusiasm with people throughout the state, enabling local nonprofit organizations to present free-admission cultural programs to their communities.

AGE GROUP: | Adults |

EVENT TYPE: | Local History & Genealogy | Adult |

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Urbana Free Library

Phone: 217-367-4057

Hours
We're closed Sunday May 26 due to Sunday before Memorial Day
Mon, May 20 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Tue, May 21 9:00AM to 9:00PM
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Sat, May 25 9:00AM to 6:00PM
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About the library

Conveniently located at the corner of Race and Green in downtown Urbana.

Upcoming events

Mon, May 20, 9:30am - 11:30am
Urbana Free Library - The Lewis Auditorium

Tue, May 21, 10:00am - 10:25am
Urbana Free Library - The Lewis Auditorium

Tue, May 21, 3:00pm - 5:30pm
Urbana Free Library - The Lewis Auditorium

Wed, May 22, 8:30am - 12:00pm
Dr. Preston Williams Elementary School

Wed, May 22, 3:00pm - 5:30pm
Urbana Free Library - The Lewis Auditorium

Thu, May 23, 10:00am - 10:30am
Urbana Free Library - The Lewis Auditorium

Thu, May 23, 3:00pm - 5:30pm
Urbana Free Library - The Lewis Auditorium

Sat, May 25, 8:00am - 12:00pm
Market at the Square

Sat, May 25, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Urbana Free Library - Children's Area

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Urbana Free Library

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Urbana Free Library

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Urbana Free Library - The Lewis Auditorium

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Urbana Free Library - The Lewis Auditorium

Tue, May 28, 6:00pm - 7:15pm
Crystal Lake Park - Firepit near the Anita Purves Nature Center

Wed, May 29, 3:00pm - 5:30pm
Urbana Free Library - The Lewis Auditorium

Thu, May 30, 10:00am - 10:30am
Urbana Free Library - The Lewis Auditorium

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Urbana Free Library - The Lewis Auditorium

Thu, May 30, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
St Matthew Lutheran Church - 2200 S. Philo Road

Fri, May 31, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Urbana Free Library - The Lewis Auditorium

Sat, Jun 01, All day
Urbana Free Library - Children's Area

Sat, Jun 01, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Urbana Free Library - The Lewis Auditorium

Sat, Jun 01, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Urbana Free Library - The Lewis Auditorium

Mon, Jun 03, 9:30am - 11:30am
Urbana Free Library - The Lewis Auditorium

Tue, Jun 04, 10:00am - 10:25am
Urbana Free Library - The Lewis Auditorium

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Urbana Free Library - The Lewis Auditorium

Tue, Jun 04, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Urbana Free Library - Online

Canceled
Wed, Jun 05, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Urbana Free Library

Wed, Jun 05, 3:00pm - 5:30pm
Urbana Free Library - The Lewis Auditorium

Wed, Jun 05, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Urbana Free Library - Busey-Mills Reading Room

Thu, Jun 06, 10:00am - 10:30am
Urbana Free Library - The Lewis Auditorium

Thu, Jun 06, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Urbana Free Library - The Lewis Auditorium

Thu, Jun 06, 3:00pm - 5:30pm
Urbana Free Library - The Lewis Auditorium

Fri, Jun 07, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Urbana Free Library - The Lewis Auditorium

Sat, Jun 08, 9:30am - 12:00pm
Martens Center

Sat, Jun 08, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Urbana Free Library - The Lewis Auditorium

Mon, Jun 10, 9:00am - 11:00am
Champaign Public Library

Mon, Jun 10, 9:30am - 11:30am
Urbana Free Library - The Lewis Auditorium

Mon, Jun 10, 9:30am - 11:30am
Urbana Free Library - Children's Area

Tue, Jun 11, 10:00am - 10:25am
Urbana Free Library - The Lewis Auditorium

Tue, Jun 11, 3:00pm - 5:30pm
Urbana Free Library - The Lewis Auditorium

Tue, Jun 11, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Urbana Free Library - The Lewis Auditorium

Tue, Jun 11, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Urbana Free Library - Online

Wed, Jun 12, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Brookdale Senior Living

Wed, Jun 12, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Urbana Free Library - The Lewis Auditorium

Wed, Jun 12, 3:00pm - 5:30pm
Urbana Free Library - The Lewis Auditorium

Thu, Jun 13, 10:00am - 10:30am
Urbana Free Library - The Lewis Auditorium

Thu, Jun 13, 3:00pm - 5:30pm
Urbana Free Library - The Lewis Auditorium

Fri, Jun 14, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Urbana Free Library - The Lewis Auditorium

Fri, Jun 14, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Urbana Free Library - The Lewis Auditorium

Sat, Jun 15, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Urbana Free Library - Busey-Mills Reading Room,MacFarlane-Hood Reading Room

Sun, Jun 16, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Crystal Lake Park

Mon, Jun 17, 9:30am - 11:30am
Urbana Free Library - The Lewis Auditorium

Tue, Jun 18, 10:00am - 10:25am
Urbana Free Library - The Lewis Auditorium

Tue, Jun 18, 3:00pm - 5:30pm
Urbana Free Library - The Lewis Auditorium

Tue, Jun 18, 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Urbana Free Library - MacFarlane-Hood Reading Room

Wed, Jun 19, All day
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