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Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010 02:00 pm


A museum in the making needs a logo, and organizers are looking to the community to create it.

 The Springfield Illinois African American History Foundation plans to open the Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum sometime in spring 2011.

Community members of all ages are invited to submit original logo designs for the museum, which will collect and preserve documents and artifacts as well as chronicle and interpret the history of African Americans in central Illinois. Entries are due by Sept. 15. For submission rules, contact Jerrie at 312-316-2470. The winner of the contest will receive $100.

While organizers have not yet settled on the future museum’s location, they’re looking at putting it in or near downtown Springfield, says SIAAHF’s Douglas King.

King says African-American history in the area has long been overlooked, despite significant ties with Springfield’s favorite son Abraham Lincoln before his presidency and the Civil War. But the foundation’s work and the developing museum will help provide that missing link and highlight other contributions and the legacy of African Americans in central Illinois.

For more information about the foundation, visit