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Traveling Bicentennial of Illinois Law Exhibit to Debut at College of DuPage

The traveling Bicentennial of Illinois Law Exhibit will be on display beginning Friday, September 21, 2018, at the Student Service Center at the College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., in Glen Ellyn. 

The interesting and educational exhibit features prominent lawyers and cases in Illinois history, information about how the court system operates, and a general history of the judiciary’s first 200 years of existence. Cases featured include Block v. City of Chicago, which concerned the first movie censorship laws, and lawyers featured include Ferdinand Barnett, one of the first African-American attorneys licensed in Illinois. The exhibit also highlights the important role that the judicial branch has in upholding the rule of law, providing a forum for dispute resolution, and interpreting the law. 

The exhibit is one of several bicentennial activities sponsored by the Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission to commemorate 200 years of the Illinois judicial branch. The Illinois Bicentennial Commission recognizes 2018 as an opportunity to celebrate the many cultural, economic, academic, and political contributions that Illinois and its residents have made to the nation and the world, and the Bicentennial of Illinois Law Exhibit showcases the contributions of the legal community to the history of Illinois. 

After its exhibition through October 26, 2018, at the College of DuPage, the Bicentennial Exhibit on Illinois Law will travel around the state to other college and university locations in 2018 and 2019. 

The Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission was established in 2007 to assist and advise the Supreme Court of Illinois in acquiring, collecting, preserving, and cataloging documents, artifacts, and information relating to the Illinois judiciary.  The Commission seeks to accomplish its work in partnership with historical and cultural institutions; bar associations; universities; law schools; and federal, state, and local agencies.

Posted on September 17, 2018 by Rhys Saunders