June 29, 2024

Hannibal's Invisibles Book Launch

Join Jim's Journey: The Huck Finn Freedom Center for the launch of the publication Hannibal's Invisibles by Jim’s Journey Executive Director G. Faye Dant, with an introduction by renowned Twain scholar Shelley Fisher Fishkin. Published by Belt Publishing, this coffee table book brims with vintage photographs collected by Dant and interviews of previous and current residents of Hannibal, MO. It tells the incredible story of the Black community in this small Missouri town, albeit a universal story of resilience and accomplishments. There will be a 2:00pm reception and book signing at the museum.

Looking for a copy? Purchase through the publisher, major booksellers, or indie bookstores via Bookshop.org. All proceeds from the sale of Hannibal's Invisibles will support the vital work of Jim's Journey: The Huck Finn Freedom Center.

Artist G. Faye Dant & Jim's Journey are supported by the Spillway initiative of Art of the Rural. Through support for artists, culture bearers, artisans, and storytellers – alongside the local organizations that support them – Spillway works to create the conditions for engaged projects that honor diverse lived experience, deepen regional relationships, and build rural-urban networks of knowledge-sharing and exchange that will create opportunities for artists, culture bearers, and artisans to thrive, connect with new colleagues and audiences.

Spillway is organized by Art of the Rural, in collaboration with Honoring Dakota, the Winona County Historical Society, and Engage Winona in Winona, Minnesota; photographer Joseph J. Allen and Manoomin Arts Initiative in Mahnomen, MN and White Earth Nation; artist Faye Dant and Jim’s Journey: The Huck Finn Freedom Center in Hannibal, Missouri; community leader Roberta Rogers and the Historical Society of Brooklyn, Illinois, with architect Alicia Ajayi; the artists, culture bearers, and writers of the Crossings field school in the St. Louis region; and The American Bottom Project in the East St. Louis region.

Art of the Rural is grateful for support for Spillway from the Chicago Community Foundation, McKnight Foundation, and Minnesota State Arts Board.

Learn More:

Hannibal's Invisibles (Belt Publishing)

Jim's Journey website


2:00pm Central

Jim's Journey: The Huck Finn Freedom Center
509 N 3rd St
Hannibal, MO 63401

Free to attend