Black History Month

Celebrating Black History Month

Celebrate Black History Month! In February, we will be hosting free programming to honor African-Americans and their contributions to our country. For more information, contact Ty at (847) 360-4744 or haines@waukeganparks.org.


2020 Programs

Black History Month Pop-Up Exhibit (Free)
Saturday, February 1 to Tuesday, February 11
Waukegan City Hall

The Black History Month Pop-Up Exhibit features the Anti-Slavery Movement, Former Slaves Who Moved to Waukegan, Waukegan’s Segregated Neighborhood-Frog Island, and Obstacles and Milestones. Pre-registration is not required. For more information, contact Ty at (847) 360-4744 or haines@waukeganparks.org.


Underground Railroad Quilt Symbols (Free)
Friday, February 7 from 5:15pm to 6pm
Jack Benny Center for the Arts

Learn the history behind secret symbols used during the Underground Railroad in this family program. You and your little ones will try to figure out what each symbol means, while also drawing your own. Underground Railroad stories connected to Waukegan will also be shared. Pre-registration is not required. For more information, contact Ty at (847) 360-4744 or haines@waukeganparks.org.


Black History Month Pop-Up Exhibit (Free)
Wednesday, February 12 to Saturday, February 22
Jack Benny Center for the Arts

The Black History Month Pop-Up Exhibit features the Anti-Slavery Movement, Former Slaves Who Moved to Waukegan, Waukegan’s Segregated Neighborhood-Frog Island, and Obstacles and Milestones. Pre-registration is not required. For more information, contact Ty at (847) 360-4744 or haines@waukeganparks.org.


Underground Railroad in Waukegan and Northeast Illinois (Free)
Wednesday, February 19 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Jack Benny Center for the Arts

Learn the local stories of people and places in Waukegan and the surrounding area involved with the Underground Railroad. Pre-registration is not required. For more information, contact Ty at (847) 360-4744 or haines@waukeganparks.org.


Black History Month Pop-Up Exhibit (Free)
Monday, February 24 to Saturday, February 29
Waukegan History Museum

The Black History Month Pop-Up Exhibit features the Anti-Slavery Movement, Former Slaves Who Moved to Waukegan, Waukegan’s Segregated Neighborhood-Frog Island, and Obstacles and Milestones. Pre-registration is not required. For more information, contact Ty at (847) 360-4744 or haines@waukeganparks.org.


Underground Railroad Quilt Symbols (Free)
Saturday, February 29 from 10am to 11am
Jack Benny Center for the Arts

Learn the history behind secret symbols used during the Underground Railroad in this family program. You and your little ones will try to figure out what each symbol means, while also drawing your own. Underground Railroad stories connected to Waukegan will also be shared. Pre-registration is not required. For more information, contact Ty at (847) 360-4744 or haines@waukeganparks.org.