African American museum to reopen at new location in Decatur

DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — The African-American Cultural and Genealogical Society of Illinois Museum is reopening this weekend at its new location in Decatur. In fall 2013, the museum lost its home of 20 years on Decatur’s Main Street and had to put its collection in storage. But now it will open Saturday in a new space at the Central United Methodist Church, where it will feature exhibits on topics like the Underground Railroad and influential African Americans in history. Evelyn Hood, founder and CEO of the African-American Cultural and Genealogical Society of Illinois, tells The (Decatur) Herald & Review that each exhibit carries its own story in an effort to education visitors. A program, ribbon-cutting ceremony and tours are planned to commemorate the reopening.