Jacksonville native releases new book, to visit museum for signing

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Author and Jacksonville native Sarah McClintock Angleton will visit the Jacksonville Area Museum on April 30 for a presentation and book signing.

Angleton has authored several works of historical fiction and her latest, “White Man’s Graveyard,” touches on Peter Akers, a founder of the Illinois Conference Female Academy, the forerunner of MacMurray College. Angleton researched her book by her at the now-closed MacMurray College and the materials she used now are part of Jacksonville Area Museum’s MacMurray College Foundation and Alumni Association collection.

Her book focuses, though, on siblings Annie and Sylvanus Goheen, the latter a missionary to Liberia.

“Annie married (the) Rev. Peter Akers, the circuit rider who prophesied in 1837 at a camp meeting that slavery would soon end and that one who was in the crowd that day may have an important role to play,” Angleton said. “A young Illinois lawyer named Abraham Lincoln was there that day and was listening.”

Angleton’s program at Jacksonville Area Museum will begin at 10 am Admission is free, though a $5 donation is suggested to help the all-volunteer museum continue operating.

The museum is at 301 E. State St. Hours are from 10 am to 4 pm Wednesday and Saturday and from 1 to 4 pm Sunday. For more information, go to jacksonvilleareamuseum.org.

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