SMITHSONIAN POSTER EXHIBITION TO BE HELD DURING FEBRUARY AT BRENTWOOD BRANCH LIBRARY FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH
The Friends of Brentwood Public Library Celebrate the Opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture
Jacksonville, Fla., January 10, 2024—The Smithsonian Institution opened its newest museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture Sept. 24, 2016. The the celebration continues and reaches beyond Washington, D.C., to Jacksonville, FL as The Friends of the Brentwood Public Library presents “A Place for All
People: Introducing the
National Museum of African American History and Culture.”
WHAT: Grand Opening and Reception for Commemorative Poster Exhibition
WHEN: February 1, 2024, 5:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Brentwood Public Library, 3725 N. Pearl Street.
The Exhibition will be on view for Black History Month. On February 24, at 12:30 p.m. the Friends invite everyone to the 124th Anniversary of Lift Every Voice and
Sing: A Place for All
People Symposium, and God’s Trombones at Brentwood Branch.
Organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, the Friends of the Brentwood Public Library, Inc. 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 poster exhibition and related public programs are an opportunity for The Friends of the Brentwood Public Library to showcase its work in sharing the many stories of African American and African diaspora people and their contributions to the local community and the American story. The Friends of the Brentwood Public Library, Inc.
outreach interviews of people sharing their experiences and stories:
Now” spanning from the 20th Century to the present.
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 descriptions and tour schedules, visit sites.si.edu.
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