Sybil Dunbar

A ceremony was held in honor of Naperville’s first known African-American woman resident.

Naper Settlement dedicated a commemorative marker at the Naperville Cemetery in honor of Sybil Dunbar, who moved to Naperville sometime between 1850 and 1860.

“I think it’s really important that we remember our past and remember that every one of us plays a part in our history and in our future,” said Bryan Ogg, Curator of Research at Naper Settlement.

She passed away in 1868 and was buried at Naperville Cemetery, which was a rare occurrence for an African-American woman during that time.

A grant from the city’s SECA fund was used to help install the plaque, which is located near her burial spot and shares details about her life.

Naper Settlement is continuing their research on Dunbar and the families who were close to her during her time in Naperville.

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