Davidson County Community College will welcome the Traveling Black History Museum, a collection of over 1000 artifacts representing African-American history, to campus on February 20, 2018 from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., at the Mary E. Rittling Conference Center on the Davidson Campus. The event is free and open to the public.
The museum aims to raise awareness for African-American culture and major contributions to history. The collection brings visitors along on a journey through the African-American experience and is comprised of wholly authentic and original documents from historic figures such as Booker T. Washington, Mary McLeod Bethune, George Washington Carver, Rosa Parks, Frederick Douglass, Angela Davis, President Barack Obama, and many other great African-Americans. Some relics date back to America before independence.
Museum curator Fred J. Saffold notes education and preservation are important to the African-American community, stating “I want the audience to know that Black people have an existence that pre-dates slavery and that existence is based in royalty and accomplishment. The Museum was established to preserve the history of African-American people and to educate others of the many great contributions that African-Americans have made to humanity.”
DCCC’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is at the forefront of the college’s mission, says Lynne Watts, director of Student Life. “We’re looking forward to celebrating Black History Month and hosting the museum on our Davidson campus.”
Traveling Black History Museum Exhibit