Library celebrates Black History Month with special Smithsonian exhibit
The Smithsonian Institution opened the National Museum of African American History and Culture in September 2016. The celebration continues and reaches beyond Washington, D.C. to Danville as the Boyle County Public Library presents “A Place for All People: Introducing the National Museum of African American History and Culture.”
The commemorative poster exhibition will be on view in the library lobby today, Feb. 1, through Feb. 29. An opening reception will be held at the library on today at 1 p.m.
Organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) in collaboration with the National Museum of African American History and Culture, “A Place for All People” highlights key artifacts that tell the rich and diverse story of the African American experience. From the child-size shackles of a slave and the clothing worn by Carolotta Walls on her first day at Little Rock Central High School to Chuck Berry’s Gibson guitar, “Maybellene,” and the track shoes worn by Olympian Carl Lewis, the exhibition presents a living history that reflects challenge, triumph, faith and hope.
The journey to establish this museum began a century ago with a call for a national memorial to honor the contributions of African American Civil War veterans. After decades of efforts by private citizens, organizations and members of Congress, federal legislation was passed in 2003 to create the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Since then, thousands of artifacts have been collected to fill the inspiring new building that has risen on the National Mall. Through its exhibitions and programs, the museum provides a shared lens to view the nation’s history and the possibility for hope and healing. It is a place where all can gather to remember, reflect and embrace America’s story: a place for all people. For more information, visit nmaahc.si.edu.
SITES has been sharing the wealth of Smithsonian collections and research programs with millions of people outside Washington, D.C., for 65 years. SITES connects Americans to their shared cultural heritage through a wide range of exhibitions about art, science and history, which are shown wherever people live, work and play. For exhibition description and tour schedules, visit sites.si.edu.
More information about this and other upcoming library events and resources can be found at www.BoylePubLib.org or by calling the library at (859) 238-7323. The library is located at 307 West Broadway in Danville.