Join the African-American Cultural Center at UIC and Quinn Chapel AME Church in celebrating the 120th Anniversary of the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893. Quinn Chapel AME Church has a long history as an institution for social justice and worship. Prior to the passage of the Emancipation Proclamation, Quinn played an important part in the abolition movement in Chicago and served as a station for the Underground Railroad. Quinn was the center of gathering for 19th century African Americans and abolitionists fighting for social change. During the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, poet Paul Lawrence Dunbar and violinist Joseph Douglass (Frederick Douglass’ grandson) performed on Colored American Day. When: Aug. 25th, 2013 Time: 10am Where: Quinn Chapel AME Church 2401 South Wabash Avenue Chicago, IL 60616 This is event is part of a new exhibition at the UIC African American Cultural Center called "The Reason Why the Colored American is Not in the World’s Columbian Exposition." The exhibition recognizes the 120th anniversary of the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 as an opportunity to relate historical accounts of AfricanAmericans’ experiences of the Fair to contemporary debates over large-scale public festivities in Chicago. Ida B. Wells, the noted African American journalist, famously produced a pamphlet called "The Reason Why the Colored American is Not in the World’s Columbian Exposition," expressing how African Americans in Chicago felt about their exclusion from the Fair and stereotypical portrayals of African Americans in the Fair itself. Public programming will include historical reenactments at the Carter G. Woodson Library, a public reading with the great-granddaughter of Ida B. Wells at the Jane Addams Hull House Museum, and an interdisciplinary panel discussion at the DuSable Museum of African-American History.
For more information contact: African-American Cultural Center at UIC 830 S. Halsted Street Addams Hall, 2nd floor Chicago, IL 60607 312-996-9549 General inquire email: email@example.com