In Her Footsteps: Ida B. Wells | Springfield, Illinois | Visit Springfield

In Her Footsteps: Ida B. Wells

June 22, 2021
6:30 pm

Illinois State Museum
502 S Spring St. Springfield, IL 62706

Free with registration


Ida B. Wells-Barnett was an investigative journalist, civil rights activist, and suffragist. Wells gained national recognition for her journalistic investigations of lynching in the American south. She eventually moved to Chicago due to increasing threats and the eventual destruction of her newspaper the Free Speech. In Chicago, she continued her activism in spite of racial and sexist prejudice, working with others to found many civil rights organizations including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Jenn Edginton, ISM Director of Interpretation, will present this program.

Registration is required at The event is free.

When it comes to women from Illinois history, you might recognize a name but not be able to remember her whole story, or even why she was well known. You might not even know that a name you know has connections to Illinois. The “In Her Footsteps” series, invites you to learn more about four well-known Illinois women, their achievements, and their connections to Illinois. The women in this series will be featured on the In Her Footsteps website which will be launched in May of 2021 by the Illinois State Museum. The site will feature women from across the state, encouraging Illinoisans to learn more about women’s history in their region and perhaps travel, virtually or in person, to learn more about their stories.