2024 Founder of the Year Isrel Larry Blackburn

DG Historical Society is pleased to announce Isrel Larry Blackburn as the Founder of the Year for 2024.

Isrel Larry Blackburn was born into slavery on a plantation in Kentucky in 1818. He lived there until 1864 when he was sold to the Union Army where he was assigned to a “Colored Infantry.” He earned the rank of sergeant before his discharge in 1865.

Blackburn then moved his family north to Downers Grove.

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