- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

ELGIN, Ill. (AP) - A traveling exhibit which complements a documentary about the history of blacks in Elgin is on display at the Gail Borden Public Library.

The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1AanRCB ) the display is based on the 90-minute documentary, “Project 2-3-1: 2 Boxcars, 3 Blocks, 1 City.” The film will be shown at the library Tuesday, June 2 and July 28.

The title refers to the two train-cars of ex-slaves that arrived in Elgin in 1862 and the three-block area called “The Settlement” where they were required to live.

Elgin resident Ernie Broadnax created the project with Grindstone Productions and the Elgin Area Historical Society. Grindstone’s Phil Broxham interviewed three dozen people in three states.

Broxham says “it was an important story to be told.”

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Online: “Project 2-3-1”: https://project231.org/

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Information from: Daily Herald, https://www.dailyherald.com

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