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Black Settlements in Southern Illinois, Presentation and Book Signing by Local Author, Kimberly France

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Date(s) - 03/09/2024
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Giant City State Park


MAKANDA, IL – On Saturday, March 9th from 2-3 pm join local author, Kimberly France, as she discusses research on
her recently published book Black Settlements in Southern Illinois. Her presentation, in collaboration with local historian
Darrell Dexter, will focus on Union 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.
Please call the Giant City State Park Visitors Center for more information about this program, 618-457-4836.
Giant City State Park is administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The mission of the IDNR is to
manage, conserve and protect Illinois’ natural, recreational and cultural resources, further the public’s understanding and
appreciation of those resources, and promote the education, science and public safety of Illinois’ natural resources for
present and future generations.

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