Jim's Journey: The Huck Finn Freedom Center, Hannibal

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#4 of 6 in Museums in Hannibal
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Most people come to Hannibal, Missouri for glimpses of Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, or Becky Thatcher. But with the recent publication of Twain's Autobiography (2010), a piece he didn't allow to be published until a hundred years after his death, visitors to Hannibal now have a new character to discover! In his autobiography, Samuel Clemens revealed that he partially based his famous character Jim, runaway slave and friend of Huck Finn, off of a real Hannibalian born into slavery, Daniel Quarles.

Located in Hannibal, Missouri, Jim's Journey: The Huck Finn Freedom Center is a new kind of museum that documents the life of "the real Jim" and portrays how he and African Americans lived as slaves and free people from the 19th to the 21st century in Hannibal. In a town that celebrates all things Twain, Jim's Journey is dedicated to the legacy of not just Twain’s most complex yet locally under-represented literary figures, but the greater history of Twain's interaction with African Americans and his hometown's own black history.

At Jim's Journey: The Huck Finn Freedom Center, we’ve created a place where residents and visitors now can explore this and other complex stories, celebrate the legacy of Jim, and learn about the African American history of Hannibal which he represents.
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  • Looking at some of the bad reviews, it seems like they're almost all people who wanted to see this place, but weren't able to. YES, it's small. And I guess they have limited hours. I went with a...  more »
  • We love museums and Jim's Journey did not disappoint! We were greeted by a wonderful woman, Faye. She gave us a short history and explained how the museum came to be. So much family history from...  more »
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  • Bravo to the courageous couple who established a living archive to the history of African Americans in Hannibal. Jim's Journey preserves and presents a wealth of documents, photos, possessions, that testify to the persistence and resiliency of the local African American community during the era of segregation and Jim Crow.
  • It's 1% Jim's Journey history with 99% black history of Hannibal, MO since it was established with 2 black slaves alway up to current history. It's horrible to hear that city of hannibal started demolishing black historical buildings to make way for an increase in tourism to town. However, we came during the first week of June when the flood waters was 28' high, but Hannibal, MO was not advertising that is still open thanks to the floodgates holding. Also, this is only open during the weekend, and not all the time. It's also not air conditioned.

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