DuPage County Historical Museum salutes Black History Month with ‘Black Trailblazers’ exhibit

Black leaders in education, sports, civil rights and the arts will be highlighted in honor of Black History Month at the DuPage County Historical Museum in Wheaton.

“Black Trailblazers,” on display throughout February in the museum auditorium, will pay tribute to Black Americans who have significantly impacted DuPage County through their contributions with a positive legacy that remains relevant today.

Visitors will learn about how these individuals overcame challenges to break down barriers, effect change and make history.

Journalist and educator Ida B. Wells, active in the civil rights and women’s suffrage movements, is featured in the “Black Trailblazers” exhibit. Daily Herald File Photo

The temporary exhibit highlights various civil rights activists, from notable leaders such as Ida B. Wells and Thurgood Marshall to the unsung heroes whose names may not be well-known but whose impact is equally significant.

The museum is located at 102 E. Wesley St. in Wheaton. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and noon to 4 p.m. weekends.

Admission is free. A donation of $5 or $2 for children and seniors is suggested. Guided tours are available for groups of two to 30 with a fee of $5 per person.

Reservations are recommended seven days in advance.

Street parking is available on Wesley and Main streets. Parking is also available at two public parking garages; Wheaton Place Garage, 232 W. Wesley St. and Willow Avenue Garage, 220 S. Cross St.

Plan your visit today. For more information, contact museum curator Emily O'Brien at (630) 510-4958 and

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