Our mission is to build cross-cultural understanding by documenting, preserving and presenting the history of the 19th and 20th-century African American community in Hannibal and northeast Missouri. First, as we commemorate the once-thriving African American community and the people who built it we can't overlook the pain and suffering of slavery, segregation, and racial oppression. We will highlight the exceptions as well as the ordinary and the richness of the African American culture as we celebrate their contributions.
Second, Jim's Journey; The Huck Finn Freedom Center honors Daniel Quarles, the prototype for Jim in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and the man who lived and died here in Hannibal. Finally, we acknowledge Samuel Clemens the humanitarian, and the African Americans he impacted and those who influenced his life and work.
This is an ongoing project. As we grow we hope to have continued community contributions, input, and support.
G. Faye Dant, Executive Director
We want to acknowledge and thank the individuals and organizations that have contributed to the creation of Jim's Journey: The Huck Finn Freedom Center.
We appreciate our partners, those who enable us to tell this story. Their ongoing support is critical to the future of the museum. There are many to thank, but a special thank you goes out to: