African American Wall of Fame

The African American Wall of Fame exhibit honors individuals from the Peoria area and throughout the nation for their contributions to the African American experience across the United States. The Wall of Fame exhibit was created in collaboration with the African American Hall of Fame Museum (AAHFM), as a way to showcase these stories of personal achievement to visitors worldwide. The exhibit enriches The Street historical exhibition by sharing with the public the fascinating personal histories that make the Peoria area such a unique and vibrant community.

Stories of Wall of Fame inductees can be found in the exhibit's searchable computer kiosk, which is updated with the new inductees each year. Photographs in the exhibit are of Individuals inducted within the last two years.

To see highlights of Central Illinoisans in the African American Hall of Fame click here!

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We're actively seeking biographical information and photographs for a number of past inductees. If you have information, please contact the Peoria Riverfront Museum at 

For a pdf file of inductee profiles needing biographical information, click here

The African American Hall of Fame Museum

The African American Hall of Fame Museum is one of the original eight founding partners of the Peoria Riverfront Museum. Founded in 1986, the AAHFM is located in the historic Carver Community Center at 309 South DuSable Street on Peoria’s South Side. It sponsors educational and social events that promote harmony and increase awareness of the uniqueness of African American culture. Each year the museum inducts individuals who have had an impact on the African American experience, in our community and beyond, in the areas of education, civil rights, community service, law, journalism, sports, government and business.  

For more information on the African American Hall of Fame Museum, click here.