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Harrison's Gifts in downtown Grafton

Celebrating Diversity in Great Rivers & Routes

From soul food to comfort food and everything in between, the Great Rivers & Routes region in southwest Illinois celebrates the Black-owned businesses in the region. And the diversity doesn’t stop there. Black history comes to life in the area with monuments to abolitionists, Underground Railroad…

Walk with Lincoln

The rich history of Alton includes debates, duels, murders, railroads and riverboats. Alton's location near the three great western rivers thrust the city into the forefront of the great issues of the early nineteenth century - slavery, commerce, western expansion and war. Alton's unique history…

Underground Railroad Trail Through Godfrey And Alton

Commemorate the heritage and black history of the Alton region with a tour along the "Alton Route" of the Underground Railroad. Located in the free state of Illinois, Alton's riverfront location along the Mighty Mississippi played a vital role in helping slaves make connections to the freedom of the…