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Living Black History Museum returns Feb. 18

Community Center staff members around Chattanooga are bringing history to life — literally.

The second annual Living Black History museum is returning this year Monday, Feb. 18 and Tuesday, Feb. 19. The first installment will be at Carver Community Center and the second will be at the Eastdale Community Center beginning at 6:30 p.m. both nights.

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Living Black History Museum participant Jerome Martin shows guests a timeline of historical events.

“This is a great opportunity to learn more about history — American history and Chattanooga history,” said planning committee member Ivy Strickland. “So often, older or mature adults tell kids ‘You don’t know where you’re going if you don’t know where you came from,’ so this is an opportunity for people to come together and learn about the past.”

This year’s living history museum will have a uniquely local focus that showcases Chattanoogans’ and Tennesseans’ contributions to local and national black history. These leaders will be featured alongside historically recognized figures like Abraham Lincoln, Jim Crowe and Martin Luther King Jr.

Doors to the Living History Museum will open at 6 p.m. so people can view the art exhibition provided by area artists and groups from the community centers across the city. After the Living History Museum exhibit, light refreshments will be served.

In conjunction, Wednesday, Feb. 20 beginning at 5:30 p.m., Antioch Missionary Baptist Church is hosting a gospel singing event and a panel discussion where older individuals will discuss their firsthand experience with Civil Rights.

“It’s an excellent opportunity for the city because it’s a citywide event for the city to come together and share its common history,” said event planning committee member Jerome Martin.

The last part of the citywide celebration of black history is a Black History Bowl being hosted by the Shepherd Community Center Thursday, Feb. 21 beginning at 6 p.m. Children between the ages of 10 and 13 will have the opportunity to compete. Information sheets to help prepare are available at all of the city’s community centers.

“I think the kids who participate will get a better sense of self-worth after learning about people from their community,” said event planning committee member Michelle Taylor. “There is a lot to learn about local history and how people strived to make things better in this community.”

All of the events are free and open to the public. For more information contact Chattanooga Parks and Recreation at 643-6056.

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