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Jim’s Journey: The Huck Finn Freedom Center is Hannibal’s newest museum. This Northeast Missouri African American history museum is also the country’s only memorial to Jim, Huck Finn’s friend and companion in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Visitors will learn about Twain, the humanitarian who used satire and humor to undermine racism in his literature and his actions. This collection of artifacts, photographs, and memorabilia tell the story of Daniel Quarles aka Jim and the other African Americans in Twain’s life/writings. 

This African American history museum gives dignity to Hannibal’s nameless, invisible ancestors who labored as slaves for more than 50 years in our community. Learn more about the struggles and contributions of African American residents in “America’s Hometown.”

Admission: free.

Open June 1st-Labor Day

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Off the main part of town, but still nearby, is a small stone building with a large sign out front... read more

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Daniel Quarles, the real-life model for Jim in Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, has a small but detailed... read more

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Honors the Legacy of the African-American experience in Hannibal

We visited nearly all the museums and took all the tours during a several-day visit to Hannibal, Missouri, where Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) is revered and celebrated. The Huck Finn Freedom Center was easily my favorite. It contains a plethora of photos, artifacts and other items that do a great job of relating the experience of African slaves in Hannibal, freed slaves during Jim Crow period, and the kind of segregation and racial discrimination these people survived. Go to the rest of the museums, but don't forget to stop at this one. It is a real jewel.

The museum was closed even on a Friday afternoon when the weather was perfect. The museum is very small so it would be severely overcrowded during the height of tourist season.

If you haven't been to Hannibal lately, check out a new museum honoring the legacy of the character Jim in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. In 2013, Faye Dant created a display of the history of slavery, reconstruction, JIm Crow, and civil rights in the river town and the surrounding area of northeast Missouri. The effort has been supported by an impressive board of directors, and help from the city of Hannibal and the Missouri Humanities Council. Historical items include the story of African-Americans fighting in the military, the African-American business community, the black churches, and school life before and after the Brown v. Board of Education decision. Admission is free, and donations are welcome, but hours are very limited. See the website for details

This was a great museum experience. Admission gets you in to several locations including the Norman Rockwell exhibit. This is a must!

This location is a must-stop site for those who love "Huckleberry Finn" and the main character Jim, and for those who want to find out more about the often overlooked or neglected history of African Americans in our history sites, especially Hannibal. We were welcomed by Ms. Faye Dant whose stories and knowledge of each artifact helped us understand and appreciate the site. Photos of African American military units, business owners, and children from the past decorate the walls and display cases. Make sure you check online for times this site is open, as it is run by volunteers.

History is now. Brings home themes from centuries and decades past, to current issues and struggles. Faye (director/docent) helped the stories come alive. MUST SEE.

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" Huck Finn Historic Site" Hannibal is a town that celebrates all things that have to do with Mark Twain, Jim's Journey recognizes one of Twain's most complex yet locally under-represented literary figures: Jim, the runaway slave and friend to Huck Finn. In this Freedom Center you will learn about the history of the fictional African America slave Jim. The main goal of Freedom Center is to honor Daniel Quarles who is the real African American slave that Jim in the Huck Finn story was about. The Center tells the legacy of Daniel Quarles takes a look at what life was like for him, and his descendants, and other African Americans living in 19th- and 20th-century Hannibal.

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DOUGLASS SCHOOL, NAMED FOR FREDERICK DOUGLASS

Educated slaves posed a great threat to their white masters. Aside from offering them greater opportunities for escape, literacy also allowed slaves to communicate secretly with each other, leading to potential slave revolts. Consequently, slave states passed laws that made it illegal to teach a slave to read or write. An 1847 Missouri Constitution law prohibited blacks, slave or free, in Missouri from being taught to read or write. Any person caught teaching an African American to read or write faced a penalty of a $500 fine or six months in prison.

HANNIBAL'S BLACK SCHOOLS

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At great risk, Rev. Oliver H. Webb, a free Black minister, encouraged other free blacks in the Hannibal community to save what little of their hard earned wages they could with the hope of building a school. In 1853, the free black community purchased a few plots of land at the corner of Center and 8th Street for $37.50. On this land, they built the first one-room schoolhouse, which also served as the African American church on Sundays. Students, young and old, paid $1 a month to learn. Some of the school's earliest teachers included future Senator Blanche Kelso Bruce. Before emancipation, African Americans committed a monumental portion of their meager resources to establishing and operating schools.  Supported by the Hannibal Public School System, the segregated Douglasville School opened in 1870. This three-room, wooden-frame building, located in Douglasville (named for Joseph Douglas) at 925 Rock Street, served as the first officially sanctioned school for African Americans in Hannibal, though the community-created school had existed since 1853. Overcrowding required construction of another colored elementary school. The Lincoln School, located at 1068 Fulton Avenue, was built shortly thereafter. In 1874, under protest, the Hannibal Public School System finally hired its first African American staff, among them Joseph Pelham, principal and Ella Gordon, Jenny Golden, and Meta Pelham were the first colored teachers.

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Douglass School opened in 1885, it included a high school designed to meet the needs of all African Americans students in northeast Missouri. Black students traveled great distances to attend the school, some coming as far as 50 miles to attend the only "colored" high school available to them. The eight-room brick structure employed African American teachers and administrators. In the Jim's Journey museum, visitors can see yearbooks from the Douglass School dating back to 1925 as well as photos of the classrooms, the school, its teachers, and its students. Despite the hand-me-down textbooks, ill-equipped chemistry labs, and the lack of dependable school buses, former students remember the school as a nurturing environment with dedicated teachers committed to high achievement and good citizenship. DESPITE THE HAND-ME-DOWN TEXTBOOKS, ILL-EQUIPPED CHEMISTRY LABS, AND THE LACK OF DEPENDABLE SCHOOL BUSES, FORMER STUDENTS REMEMBER THE SCHOOL AS A NURTURING ENVIRONMENT WITH DEDICATED TEACHERS COMMITTED TO HIGH ACHIEVEMENT AND GOOD CITIZENSHIP

In its day, Douglass School could boast of having one of the finest school programs in the state. The school created innovative programs that the white schools would later imitate, including a manual training program, penmanship classes, and a strong musical education program. Martin Lewis, an 1893 Douglass School graduate, later became a teacher then principal at the school. He also committed himself to the development of a school band. This band, the only one in Missouri at the time, soon became the envy of the state. Today, Lewis is recognized as the Father of School Bands in Missouri. During its 81 years of operation, Douglass High School proudly graduated 679 students. Many of these students returned as teachers and solid community leaders. Douglass High School closed in 1955 when a federal mandate ordered the desegregation of Public School Systems. Overcrowding and lack of facilities slowed full integration until a new junior high school could be opened in 1959. Former students who lived through desegregation recall the most disheartening aspect of the process was having to leave the dedicated teachers they had come to love and respect at Douglass School. None of their former instructors were hired to teach at Hannibal's integrated high school. Click here for an old article on Douglassville from the Courier-Post, written by J. Hurley and Roberta Hagood for Black History Month, taken from Hannibal Public Library's digital collection.

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Faye Dant, Jim's Journey: The Huck Finn Freedom Center Founding Director, talked about the mission of the museum and introduced Daniel Quarles who she described as the "prototype" for the character of Jim in "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn."

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Youth are invited to a "movie and a meal" program with the theme of "Resilience and Achievements" on Wednesday, June 19.

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Jim’s Journey: The Huck Finn Freedom Center will sponsor a youth-oriented program with the theme of “Resilience and Achievements” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 19. The event will feature a movie and a meal at Jim’s Journey, 509 N. Third Street.

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