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Godfrey, Illinois
A State of the Art Humanities Center in Southwest Illinois
A State of the Art Humanities Center in Southwest Illinois

The Mannie Jackson Center for the Humanities at Lewis and Clark Community College was established with an NEH challenge grant. Image courtesy of the Lewis and Clark Community College.

In 2011, Lewis and Clark Community College received one of the first six NEH challenge grants to be awarded to a two-year institution. The $200,000 grant, which has since raised more than $1.5 million in additional funding, helped the college build the Mannie Jackson Center for the Humanities and fostered a long-term partnership with Jackson, who grew up in the area. In the historically-segregated Lincoln School, which Jackson purchased and donated to the College, the Humanities Center hosts humanities-based readings, lectures, dialogues, and other programs that promote empathy, understanding, and respect.

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