Quanah & Cynthia Ann Parker: The History and the Legend was a 12-week exhibition/program series that took place at Eastern Illinois University in the spring of 2015, beginning Feb. 7. Quanah Parker is considered to be the last Comanche chief. His mother, Cynthia Ann Parker, was born around 1827 in present-day Coles County, Illinois. As a child in Texas, she was kidnapped and grew up with the Comanche tribe. Quanah and Cynthia Ann's story is well known in Texas, but few know of their connection to Illinois. This exhibit and program series was designed to explore this local connection.
Eastern Illinois University's Booth Library hosts an exhibition on Quanah Parker, the last Comanche chief, and his mother.