Owen Lovejoy was a relentless force against racism. Be like Lovejoy.

Lovejoy’s prominence in the abolition movement and the Underground Railroad made him a national figure and a Princeton Illinois icon. The annual Homestead Festival honors Reverend Owen Lovejoy and his contributions to our nation’s history.

While we always look forward to the parade, the class reunions and the dozens of other events that will take place, we can and should consider what role our community today can play in not just honoring Lovejoy’s legacy of antiracism, but continuing that legacy.

We’ve asked community members to reflect on the legacy of Owen Lovejoy, Princeton Illinois’ history, and the opportunities to renew our community’s commitment to antiracism.

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