Saturday, February 09, 2008

Black History Month Exhibit At Frenchtown Heritage Museum

In honor of Black History Month, the Frenchtown Heritage Museum and Research Center announces the opening of a special exhibit on Saturday, Feb. 9.  The exhibit offers visitors a look at the contributions made by many prominent African-Americans who are current or former residents of the greater Saint Charles area. 
Among those featured in the exhibit are Jean Baptiste Pointe du Sable, the founder of Chicago; Art Holliday, KSDK-TV news anchor; Curtis Brown, former star running back for the Missouri Tigers and retired NFL professional football player; and Melvin Washington, former educator and long-time principal at Franklin School, a Saint Charles school for black students during times of segregation.
Also on display is a collection of photos from the 1920s and 1930s, which features many black community members.  A private donor gave the photos to the museum, and the museum is asking visitors to help identify individuals in the photos.      
The special exhibit will be on display beginning Feb. 9 and will run through Feb. 29.  The museum is open to the public every Wednesday through Saturday, from noon to 3 p.m. Located at 1121 N. Second St. in Saint Charles. For more information, call Dorothy Boshears at (636) 946-8682.