The migration of Black Americans

The Illinois State Museum presents its second annual Juneteenth art exhibition "NOIR II: The Migration."  In collaboration with Springfield's Juneteenth, Inc., and national artists and co-curators, Korbin King and Michelle Smith, "NOIR II" is an exhibition of Black art by people of color depicting the migration of Black Americans. It tells the story visually, provoking viewers to think and talk about what freedom looks like for people of color in the United States.  King and Smith are seeking to tell the story of the Great Migration from southern states to northern states or, more specifically, how Black Americans created a living for themselves once they gained their freedom and what freedom looks like to Black Americans and the United States as a whole. As King explains, "Ultimately, we want to take a difficult conversation and breathe life into it from different perspectives." The exhibition will be open through Sept. 6, 2022.

"NOIR II: the Migration"
Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Illinois State Museum
502 S. Spring St.