The Untold Black Stories: A Downtown Alton Visual Listening Tour Exhibit continues with new locations at Alton Square Mall. Two portraits are now on display at Hayner Library’s Alton Square Mall location. Ross Dress for Less and Alton Square Mall offered to display four additional portraits. 

Untold Black Stories started as a walkable route, 1-mile total in length and takes you on a visual listening tour through downtown Alton. Simply scan the QR code at any location to receive the map and audio excerpts for the audio tour experience. 

To celebrate and share the conversations of Alton residents recorded by StoryCorps for the Untold Black Stories project, large-format portraits of over 30 participants activate storefront windows in downtown Alton, and now Alton Square Mall. Through this audio tour and photography exhibit, we discover a rich and often untold history. These are personal stories of family devotion, faith, dedication to hard work, friendship, honor, and reciprocity. They are filled with laughter, humility, and respect. We see ourselves in these stories. They help us find our way back to one another and imagine a more inclusive society. 

The guided audio tour and more details can be found at: www.jacobyartscenter.org/untoldblackstories 

This project is a collaboration between Jacoby Arts Center, Alton Main Street, Great Rivers and Routes Tourism Bureau, All Town, USA, and Hayner Public Library designed to catalyze diversity, inclusivity and equity within the downtown Alton historic district and engage the community with these Untold Black Stories of Alton. Professional Photography by Bishoppe Kamusinga and Cedric Parker. Graphic design by Tyrone Stevenson.

The StoryCorps conversations will be archived at Hayner Public Library as well as the Library of Congress. Printing of the portraits is sponsored by The Mythic Mississippi Project, a public engagement venture of the University of Illinois that promotes community development through Cultural Heritage programming.

This project was made possible with support from Illinois Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Illinois General Assembly.