Jacksonville African American History Musuem

The Jacksonville African American History Museum is located in the historic Underground Railroad site the Asa Talcott home. The museum features very interesting local and National African American History from slavery to present times. The museum is setup like a timeline and offers information on Slavery, the local and National Underground Railroad history and Civil Rights along with African American inventors and many other parts of African American history to include Dr. Alonzo Kenniebrew who was the first African American in the United States to own and operate his own hospital that was located in Jacksonville and who at one time was personal physician to Booker T. Washington.

The Asa Talcott home is one of 7 UGRR sites in Jacksonville built in or before 1833. Asa was a brick maker who assisted slaves escaping from the South along with other local abolitionist. He was also a founding member of the local Congregational Church which all members were also abolitionist.

The Jacksonville African American History Museum is owned by the JAAHM Committee.

Visitor Information


859 Grove St
Jacksonville, Illinois 62650




Open throughout the entire year by appointment only

Suggested Donation:
Adults - $5.00
Students - $3.00
Children 5 and under Free