Black History Month: A Celebration of Achievement

The Elgin Public Museum is pleased to present a pictorial salute representing the achievements of African Americans past and present, some famous, some obscure, in honor of Black History Month.

Black History Month began in 1926 by Harvard scholar Carter G. Woodson to bring national attention to the many contributions of African Americans to all facets of our society and to ensure accurate portray of African American history.

(photo of Matthew Henson) Matthew Henson, pictured here ca. 1909, partnered with Robert Peary to explore the North Pole at the beginning of the 20th Century.