First African American Museum in Lake County Opens

News & Notes

September 9, 2021

Waukegan Welcomes African American Museum

By Lauren Beth Gash

Chair, Lake County Democrats


It was an honor to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the African American Museum at  England Manor on Saturday, September 4.


I’ve watched this project blossom from several items, to a table at a Juneteenth celebration, to a display with Waukegan Park District to, now, a full-fledged museum.


This growth reflects hard work and an increase in interest as more and more people realize how important it is to acknowledge the experiences and contributions of African Americans as part of American history.


Having the African American Museum here in Lake County will help keep moving us in the right direction. Congratulations to Sylvia England for her dedicated efforts, and to all who worked so hard to bring this major project to fruition.


House Speaker Welch Joins Representative Yingling’s Campaign Kickoff 


Illinois House Speaker Chris Welch was a special guest as State Representative Sam Yingling kicked off his re-election campaign with a Summer Soiree on September 2.


Upcoming Events 



TODAY, 9/9: West Deerfield Township Democrats’ Virtual Secretary of State Candidates Forum. 7:30-8:30pm. Register for Zoom link.


Sunday, 9/12: Walk with Democrats in the Waukegan Fiestas Patrias Parade. Walk in the parade with the Lake County Democrats, Congressman Brad Schneider, Sheriff John Idleburg, and more Democratic elected officials. Gather at 11am, step off at noon.


Monday, 9/13: Carroll Cup Golf Fundraiser. Golf outing supporting the re-election of State Representative Jonathan Carroll. Breakfast at 8:30am, shotgun start, 9am. Heritage Oaks Golf Course, 3535 Dundee Road, Northbrook.


Tuesday, 9/14: Brad Schneider Hosts Military Service Academy Night. Virtual information session for students and parents interested in the application process for military service academies. 6-7:30pm.


Friday, 9/17: Virtual Career Expo with Brad Schneider and Rita Mayfield.

Expo features employers throughout the area. 9:30-11:30am online.


Saturday, 9/18: Avon Township and Lake County Health Department Sponsor Touch-a-Truck10am-2pm. Avon Township Center, 433 E. Washington St., Round Lake Park.


Saturday, 9/18: Lake County Democrats’ Open House at ArtWauk in WaukeganLake County Democratic Headquarters, 118 N. Genesee St., Waukegan, 5-8pm. Volunteers needed.


Sunday, 9/19: Comfort Songs Fundraiser for Carissa Casbon. 2-4pm. Independence Grove-North Pavilion, 16400 Buckley Road, Libertyville. Music by Carissa and opera superstar Stacey Tappan.


Monday, 9/20: Lake County State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart’s National Hispanic Month Town Hall (English and Spanish). 7-8:30pm. Waukegan High School Brookside, 2325 Brookside Ave., Waukegan.


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