Jacksonville native publishes new book, to visit museum for autograph

Photo by Angela Bauer

Sarah McClintock Angleton, author and Jacksonville native, will visit the Jacksonville Area Museum on April 30 for a presentation and signing session.

Angleton is the author of several books of historical fiction and his latest, “White Man’s Graveyard”, evokes Peter Akers, founder of the Illinois Conference Female Academy, precursor to MacMurray College. Angleton researched her book at MacMurray College, now closed, and the materials she uses now are part of the collection of the MacMurray College Foundation and Alumni Association at the Jacksonville Area Museum.

His book, however, focuses on siblings Annie and Sylvanus Goheen, the latter missionary to Liberia.

“Annie married (the) Reverend Peter Akers, the circuit runner who prophesied in 1837 at a camp meeting that slavery would soon end and whoever was in the crowd that day might have a role important to play,” Angleton said. “A young lawyer from Illinois named Abraham Lincoln was there that day and listened.”

Angleton’s program at the Jacksonville Area Museum will begin at 10 a.m. Admission is free, although a $5 donation is suggested to help keep the all-volunteer museum running.

The museum is located at 301 E. State St. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit jacksonvilleareamuseum.org.

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