- About Us
Project 2-3-1, is a 75- minute documentary film that begins with Civil War “contrabands”, who were the first African Americans to Elgin, and continues to the present day. Recent winner of 2016 Best Practices Award from the Association of Midwest Museums, Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History , 2015 Alice Smith Public History Prize from the Midwestern Historian Association and the 2015 Image Award from the City of Elgin Image Commission.
The film is filled with enthralling stories, amazing history and wonderful photographs that tells a rich history. The film was produced in partnership with Grindstone Productions, Elgin Area Historical Society and Elginite Ernie Broadnax. The Project 2-3-1 traveling exhibit was created to complement the film and is currently traveling around the local area to institutions of higher learning and public spaces to raise awareness of the Project 2-3-1 story.
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In 2017, the National Park Service certified Project 2-3-1: A Story of Elgin’s African American Heritage and Newsome Park as part of the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. The National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom is a network of historic sites and facilities that give greater historical depth to the history of slavery and the Underground Railroad in the United States.
Take Project 2-3-1 to the Library Campaign
Take Project 2-3-1 To The Library, a fundraising campaign, was completed in May 2016 and was a wonderful success that allowed successful distribution of 810 DVDs of the film to all public and academic libraries throughout the State of Illinois with assistance from the Illinois Secretary of State Office. Thank you to all for your support!
AASLH Awards Banquet / Detroit, Michigan / September 16, 2016