Black History Month – Cultural Heritage Exhibition 2023

Wednesday, February 1, 2023 10:00 AM - Tuesday, February 28, 2023 5:00 PM
The Grace Museum
102 Cypress Street Abilene, TX 79601

Blacks have faced constant struggles throughout Abilene history. This month’s exhibition will discuss various issues such as segregation and desegregation, constant hardships, black leaders who have persevered, and the push for success within their own community.

Woodson High School Student Council, The Ram’s Horn Yearbook, Woodson High School, Abilene, TX, 1957

“Ultimately, African American History — and its celebration throughout February — is just as vibrant today as it was when Woodson created it 85 years ago. Because it helps us to remember there is no more powerful force than a people steeped in their history. And there is no higher cause than honoring our struggle and ancestors by remembering.”

– Lonnie Bunch, Founding Director
National Museum of African American History & Culture

This exhibition was curated by Maia Bell with students Bree McCarthy Reese, Joyce Monene, Ja’Kaylon Sabbath, and Jeremiah Taylor through Dr. Amanda Biles’s Introduction to Public History: Interpreting American Pasts course at Abilene Christian University. The Grace Museum is collaborating with ACU to create monthly exhibitions that coincide with different cultural heritage months throughout the year. These exhibitions highlight the narratives of various cultural groups that are integral to Abilene’s history while weaving these stores into the broader historical fabric of the United States.

African American Soldiers in Parade, circa 1941-1945, University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History,; crediting The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum

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