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Southern Illinois African American museum honors Martin Luther King Day

CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - There's only one African American Museum in Southern Illinois, and it's located in Carbondale. 

The founders of the museum say because of people like Martin Luther King Jr., they are able to show the community important figures that help changed history. 

For 14 years the African American museum has been located inside the Carbondale University Mall. 

Founders say they wanted to provide the people of Southern Illinois a history of the pioneers that helped pave the way. 

Monday, a Martin Luther King exhibit remembers a man who worked tirelessly to create equality for all. 

Founders say racism is colorblind, and change needs to continue in order to live out Martin Luther King's dream.

 Cofounder African American museum, Milton McDaniel Sr. says  racism is colorblind and that change needs to continue in order to live out Martin Luther King's dream.

"If we want to live in harmony together, we have to put away our differences," McDaniel Sr. said. "It's important to educate the youth and focus on moving forwards rather than backwards." 

McDaniel Sr. said the Carbondale African American museum is a place that recognizes people from all different backgrounds, encouraging everyone to learn more about one another and come together. 

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