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The Bloomington-Normal Black History Project was founded in 1982 and its collections span the 19th and 20th centuries. The collection contains photographs, portraits, booklets, articles, and photocopies related to club organizations and churches of the local Black community. In 1989, the Black History Project was affiliated with the McLean County Historical Society, which now serves as a repository for the project's collections.

A small part of the collection has been digitized and can be accessed on the Illinois Digital Archive.

Read how the project started

Discover transcriptions of oral histories

See the inventory for the collection