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Traveling museum featuring African American history to visit Evansville

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The American Legacy Magazine's "Know Your History" Mobile Truck will be stopping in Evansville on Feb. 14 and 15, for area students and the public to learn more about the historical contributions of African Americans.  The traveling museum tour is funded through the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation and was brought to Evansville through the efforts of EVSC School Board Member Karen Ragland.

The mobile truck, which begins its national tour in Ohio on Feb. 8, will be located both Feb. 14 and 15 at the Southern Indiana Career & Technical Center, 1901 Lynch Road, and will be open for students to tour throughout the school day.  From 3-5 p.m. each day, the exhibit will be open to the public, free of charge.  The exhibit is wheel-chair accessible.

"The EVSC is pleased to bring this exhibit to our community," said EVSC Superintendent David Smith. "We so appreciate Karen Ragland's efforts to bring this unique experience to Evansville and also acknowledged the work of Dionne Blue, EVSC's Chief Diversity Officer, for all of the behind the scenes effort that makes an event like this possible."

The tour showcases the mobile museum of memorabilia and interactive learning stations, photos, and video focusing on the contributions of African American Pioneers in aviation, sports, science, as well as other historical contributions of African Americans. A curator with the exhibit will conduct 20-30 minute guided tours.

The "Know Your History" mobile museum includes:

  • American Legacy's cover exhibit
  • "Always in our Sight: The Fight for Civil Rights," an exhibit of artifacts and memorabilia from slavery to civil rights courtesy of the Gene Alexander Peters Collection.
  • Black History in Aviation exhibit
  • Buffalo Soldiers Exhibit
  • American Legacy's Black History Trivia Wheel

"American Legacy" is a magazine showcasing African-American history and culture. It brings to light new stories of great men and women and their struggles, triumphs, and accomplishments. American Legacy celebrates an exceptional group of pioneers and leaders, whose contributions have impacted not only the African-American community, but also society as a whole. 

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