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“Black Settlements in Southern Illinois” Presentation with Kimberly France

June 18, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join local author Kimberly France as she discusses research on her recently published book “Black Settlements in Southern Illinois”. Her presentation will focus on Williamson County.

Kimberly France was born and raised in Carbondale, Illinois. She began researching her family lineage in earnest in 2020 upon learning of a relative’s terminal illness. After 3 years of research and revelation, she penned the book “Black Settlements in Southern Illinois” in an effort to document critical pieces of Illinois history that aren’t well known. Ms. France is an alumnus of Howard University and Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.

This event is free to attend. No registration is required, but space is limited.

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June 18
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Marion Carnegie Library
206 S Market St
Marion, IL 62959 US
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