A Taste of African-American History

February 25, 2006 --  8:51 CST


Blytheville, AR -- Community leaders in Blytheville, AR, are keeping the African-American history alive.


The grand opening of the Black History Exhibits was Saturday in downtown Blytheville at the Kress Building.


“The purpose is to educate our young people, and our young adults about the history and the contributions that black people have made to this city,” said Vera James, Co-Coordinator.


There are different themes sectioned off for people to learn about such as:  church, Africa, slavery and education.


Education is one of James’ favorite.  “Education is important because there was a time in history when black people couldn’t be educated, so we wanted to remind the community about education,” she said.


There were several artifacts to test out too. 


“We have the old-type refrigerator that we borrowed that dates back to the 1950,” said James.


There was also a replicate of a horseless carriage, along with sewing machines, a lantern, a traffic light, and cast irons.


James and her co-partners have been working extra hard for the exhibit’s debut.  Although she expects a great turnout, she said that she would not be disappointed if the turnout was not so great.


“As long as one person came, then I feel like I made a difference,” she said.


Clayton Times of Blytheville said it was very important for people to remember the African-American history.


“Black folks didn’t have a chance to do anything,” he said.  “Now, we have a chance to do a lot of things.”