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<p>The African Hut is one of the numerous Black-owned businesses in town.</p>

The African Hut is one of the numerous Black-owned businesses in town.

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Deep history, great cuisine and of course Lincoln

Last time around, we had just started exploring African-American history past and present in Springfield, as it is inextricably tied to the issue of slavery in Lincoln’s day and how the city has developed since then. In addition to visiting the Springfield and Central Illinois African-American History Museum and the various sites tied to the 1908 Race Riot as shown on the city’s self-guided, eight-marker tour, I was fortunate to be able to spend some time with Douglas King, a founder and board member of the museum.