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Tazewell County celebrating Juneteenth with recognition of first former slave to own property in the county

Published: Jun. 17, 2022 at 4:00 PM CDT
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TAZEWELL COUNTY (Heart of Illinois ABC) - The first former slave to own property in Tazewell County - and a conductor on the Underground Railroad - will be recognized Saturday.

Peter Logan - born into slavery around 1780 in Virginia and eventually settling in Elm Grove Township in 1837 - will be recognized for his courageous activities.

In a release, Tazewell County Clerk John Ackerman says an estimated 800 enslaved individuals would traverse past Logan’s property and receive his assistance on their path to freedom.

Logan purchased 80 acres of land for $880 in Elm Grove Township, what is now Franklin Street and Springfield Road. This would happen a short 10 years following the founding of Tazewell County.

Ackerman says those in attendance will have the opportunity to review the 1837 land deed recording the purchase of the property by Logan.

The Juneteenth celebration will be Saturday, June 18, at 10 a.m. inside the Tazewell County Courthouse.

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