Preservation Snapshots Lectures

Bringing the Underground Railroad Home


Saturday, March 9
3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Free, Reservations Required.


Quinn Chapel AME Church, 2401 S. Wabash Avenue, Chicago


The Underground Railroad “ran” throughout northern Illinois on its way to the port of Chicago and the freedom of Canada. The 1839 house of radical abolitionist Sheldon Peck still stands in Lombard while the congregants of Chicago’s Quinn Chapel AME, whose African-American founders were outspoken abolitionists, continue their work for social justice. Join Historic Preservation Consultant and writer Jean Follett to discover just a few of the vital ways that citizens of Illinois worked to help slaves to freedom in the two decades before the Emancipation Proclamation. There will be a tour of the spectacular 1892 church sanctuary following the lecture. The event includes a presentation of Landmarks Illinois’ 2019 People Saving Places video project on three Illinois Underground Railroad sites: Quinn Chapel in Chicago, Sheldon Peck Homestead in Lombard and the Owen Lovejoy Homestead in Princeton. The video was made possible thanks to generous support from the following funders: Illinois Humanities, the Richard and Julia Moe Family Fund, a fund of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and Patricia Joseph.



Jean Follett
Jean Follett is an editor and historic preservation consultant based in Wheaton.




This lecture is presented in partnership with Quinn Chapel AME Church and Lombard Historical Society – Sheldon Peck Homestead.

Quin logo

Sheldon Peck logo

Photos: (top) Quinn Chapel AME Church, Chicago (credit: Kaitlyn McAvoy); (bottom) Sheldon Peck Homestead, Lombard (credit: Jean Follett); (insert) Sheldon and Harriet Peck (credit: Lombard Historical Society – Sheldon Peck Homestead)


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