Place:Brooklyn, St. Clair, Illinois, United States


Alt namesLovejoysource: USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS17002011
Coordinates38.657°N 90.165°W
Located inSt. Clair, Illinois, United States
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Brooklyn (popularly known as Lovejoy), is a village in St. Clair County, Illinois, United States. Located 2 miles north of East St. Louis, Illinois and 3 miles northeast of Downtown St. Louis, Missouri, it is the oldest town incorporated by African Americans in the United States. It was founded by freed and fugitive slaves from St. Louis, Missouri, led by "Mother" Priscilla Baltimore in the period of 1829 to 1839. Its motto is "Founded by Chance, Sustained by Courage". The current mayor is Mayor Vera Banks-Glasper. Superstar Tina Turner regularly performed at a local club in her early years as an entertainer.

A missionary AME Church was established in the new settlement in 1836.[1] Now known as Quinn's Chapel AME, its congregation is believed to have supported the Underground Railroad and aided fugitive slaves to freedom, together with members of the Antioch Baptist Church established in 1838.

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