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Jacksonville, Illinois is located in Morgan County. The population was 18,940 according to the 2000 Census. The town was named in 1825 after 1812 war hero and future president Andrew Jackson. Jacksonville was a major stopping point on the historic Underground Railroad. An Annual Civil War reenactment celebration is named for Jacksonville resident and Civil War officer General Benjamin Grierson. Jacksonville is somewhat unusual for a city of its size in that it is home to two private four-year colleges, Illinois College and MacMurray College, as well as four state-run institutions including the Illinois School for the Deaf, the Illinois School for the Visually Impaired, the Jacksonville Developmental Center (formerly a state hospital), and the Jacksonville Correctional Center. Lincoln Land Community College's Western Region Education Center is also located in Jacksonville. In 2005, singer Sufjan Stevens released Illinois, a concept album referencing various people and places associated with the state. Its fifth track, "Jacksonville," references various landmarks in the town, such as Nichols Park. It also contains a story about A. W. Jackson, a legendary (possibly fictional) preacher who some say was also the namesake of the town. Scholars claim that Jacksonville was created in 1825 as a compromise county seat to settle a three-town rivalry.