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African American Museum celebrates 20 years

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CARBONDALE -- After 20 years in operation, it was time for celebration.

The African American Museum of Southern Illinois held its 20th anniversary celebration Saturday night at the Carbondale Civic Center.

Museum founders said it's more than just a museum looking back at the past: It's also about showing young people they have a bright future.

People need to know, not only our people, but people Carbondale need to know that African American citizens have made a contribution to this city as well as southern Illinois," museum co-founder Milton McDaniel said.

The founders of the museum said it started as a mobile exhibit with just a few pieces but has since found a home in the University Mall and has dozens of historical artifacts.

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