The 2010 publication of Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1: The Complete and Authoritative Edition, edited by the Mark Twain Project-University of California Berkeley, revealed that Samuel Clemens based the character of Jim in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn partially on Daniel Quarels, a man born into slavery in Hannibal. Jim's Journey: The Huck Finn Freedom Center documents the life of "the real Jim" and portrays how he and African Americans lived as slaves and free people from the 19th through the 21st century in Hannibal. Jim's Journey is dedicated to the legacy of not just one of Twain’s most complex literary figures but also the greater history of Twain's interaction with African Americans and his hometown's own black history.

Jim's Journey:

The Huck Finn

Freedom Center

"Never Saying A Word", wood engraving by Barry Moser, 1985

Hannibal's newest museum, Jim's Journey: The Huck Finn Freedom Center, is the home of the Hannibal African American Life and History Project, located at 509 North Third Street near the intersection of Mark Twain Avenue (Third Street) and North Street in the Welshman's Cottage (built c1839 with slave labor).

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Huck Finn Freedom Center is located in the Welshman's Cottage, built c1839 by slave labor.


To Mark Twain's Hannibal

Museum's Grand Opening celebration, June 2013