African Americans in Illinois
Total population
1.797 million[1] (2020)
Regions with significant populations

The French brought black slaves to the state[3] During between the World War I and World War II, blacks began leaving states in the South for Illinois and other states in the north. The Great Migration increased Illinois’ black population by 81% from 1920 to 1930.[4]

See also


  1. ^ "Illinois - Place Explorer - Data Commons".
  2. ^ "Religious Landscape Study".
  3. ^ "African Americans, Race and Ethnicity in Illinois and the North during the Civil War | Northern Illinois University Digital Library".
  4. ^ "African Americans in Illinois - Education".