Newsome Park is located at the corner of Dundee Avenue and Kimball Street in Elgin. Newsome Park was dedicated in 1992 to African American leaders Arthur Newsome and Peter Newsome. It was home for nearly 100 years to the Second Baptist Church. In cooperation with the Summit-Park Neighborhood Association, staff and volunteers were involved with researching and designing six interpretative signs. In 2017, Newsome Park was recognized by the National Park Service and certified as a site on 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.
To view the signs that were installed at the park, click on any of the images below.