African Americans
Knox County


Ruby Skinner
Galesburg circa 1914
Photo contributed by Janet Durst

Galesburg is proud of its founders being abolitionists and Knox College operating as a station in the Underground Railroad. Even so, we should be careful not to look into the past with rose-colored glasses. African-Americans had their own unique trials and tribulations and yet through it all, they raised their families and contributed to the community.  We will glean information from various resources -- books, newspapers, census, oral histories and photographs -- to determine what life was like for African-Americans in the early days of Knox County.

Please join us in our journey!





Census Data


Early Settlers

Underground Railroad

Biography of Annie E. Parker

Autobiography of Lewis Carter

Miscellaneous Newspaper Articles


Any contributions, corrections, or suggestions would be deeply appreciated!

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Updated August 16, 2005