Black History Month event hopes to inspire future inventors

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Black History Month was the focus at the ASU Museum on Saturday with a special Tinkerfest for kids in the community.

A Tinkerfest is a fair where visitors take apart, invent or tinker with gadgets and toys to learn more about how they work.
The museum featured several African American inventors. Visitors had the opportunity to examine clocks, fountain pens, light bulb filaments and many other inventions.

Jill Kary is a curator at the museum and said the event was not only designed to educate the public on African American inventions, but to also inspire people to come up with their own inventions.

"What we wanted to do is teach the public about African American inventions but also about the fact that they can come up with their own ideas for objects that they want to improve upon," said Kary

The museum also featured the photography work of the late Nadia Price Bates Stride of Memphis who was the first female professional photographer in Memphis.

Her photographs capture the lives of African Americans during the 1930s.

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