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September 1, 2014, 6:25 pm
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Historic Springfield Black Orphanage Among Ten Most Endangered Sites


A historic black orphanage in Springfield is among the ten most endangered historic places in the state, according to a new list from Landmarks Illinois.

 

The home on South 12th Street was the first orphanage established in the state to for black children, and one of the first of its kind in the nation.

 

The building is now owned by the family of the late Lyman Hubbard, the former Tuskegee Airman who had planned to turn it into a museum.

 

The family lacks the funds to restore or even maintain the building, leaving its future in doubt.

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