freedom ! Songs from the Civil Rights Movement


A free concert by American folk singer Chris Vallillo will take place on Monday, July 19 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Room 206 of the Madison County Courthouse Administration Building.

The concert, Oh Freedom! Songs of the Civil Rights Movement celebrates incredible music from the early struggle for equal rights. The concert is organized in conjunction with the Voices and Votes exhibition which opens at the same location that day.

In a show created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the civil rights movement, Vallillo performs essential songs from the music that inspired and supported this historic movement. Interwoven with music, Vallillo presents first-hand accounts of historical struggle and discusses the impact of music on our country’s most important social cause.

Vallillo has an affinity for American roots music, playing on six-string and bottleneck slide guitars and harmonica. His recording of Oh Freedom! Songs of the Civil Rights Movement was number 6 on the folk charts when it was released in 2016.

If customers prefer to attend the concert virtually from their computer, tablet or smartphone, use the following link: There is also a phone call option: (312) 757-3121 (access code 535-801-845).

This concert is offered free to the public by the Madison County Government and the Madison County Historical Society through a grant from the Illinois Humanities. Vallillo is part of the Illinois Humanities Illinois Road Scholars program.

For more information about the concert, call the Madison County Archives Library at 618-656-7569, visit the County History Museum website or the Madison County Historical Society website,


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