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Welcome to
The African American Museum
at The England Manor

African-American history was created with the arrival Africans to North America in the 16th and 17th centuries.


"What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?" is a speech delivered by Frederick Douglass in 1852. In it, Douglass critiques the hypocrisy of celebrating American freedom and independence while slavery persists. He challenges the audience to recognize the irony of celebrating liberty while denying it to millions of enslaved individuals. Douglass calls for justice, emphasizing the need for true equality and freedom for all Americans, including African Americans who were enslaved at the time. His speech remains a powerful critique of racial injustice and a call to live up to the principles of freedom and equality espoused in the Declaration of Independence.




Current Newsletter - July 2024

Join Us At The African American Museum

Come and learn more about the African American history in Lake County, IL.

Our collections emphasize the historical and contemporary African American experience historically preserved to bring awareness and reverence. 

Mission Statement

The African American Museum at the England Manor is committed to preserving and celebrating the rich history and cultural heritage of African Americans by engaging communities through education, meaningful conversations, and cultural experiences. We aim to build bridges of understanding and unity to help reduce conflict and foster a society that embraces diversity and harmony.


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