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  • James Lemen Collection

Reverend James Lemen, Sr., was a leader in the anti-slavery movement in the Indiana Territory and Illinois, helping to shape the 1818 Illinois constitution. Lemen fought for two years in the Revolutionary War and was a protoge of Thomas Jefferson. When he moved to Illinois, he served as a Baptist minister and justice of the peace, establishing the first Baptist church in Illinois. 

Photographs in this collection include images of James Lemen's headstone and monument as well as his home.

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