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Evelyn Hood is the founder and CEO of the African-American Cultural & Genealogical Society of Illinois. Hood was a clerk at the Decatur Public Library when the museum was born. 

DECATUR — The African-American Cultural & Genealogical Society of Illinois Museum has opened a GoFundMe fundraising initiative to renovate its roof.

According to the GoFundMe page at, the museum needs to raise $9,500 to replace the roof on its building at 235 W. Eldorado St.

The museum, founded in 1993, has been at its current location since 2014. The building was given to the museum by Central United Methodist Church.

Founder and curator Evelyn Hood said she knew the roof would eventually need to be repaired when she moved the museum in, but recent storms have sprung multiple leaks, putting museum exhibits and resources in jeopardy.

The museum is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. All contributions made to the “New Roof Initiative” GoFundMe account will be used towards this specific purpose and are tax deductible.

For more information, call Hood at (217) 429-7458 or email

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