A museum for the community

Published 4:57 pm Wednesday, July 27, 2016

On Saturday, June 25, the Central High Museum had the grand opening of its new building which drew approximately 500 visitors.

Even though cloudy skies appeared for a brief moment, the sun shone brightly for the day’s events. The morning service featured Dr. Odessa Pride as the guest speaker giving an inspirational message.

She encouraged the community to promote educating our young people. In addition, she spoke about the continuing mission of the museum which is the preservation of the struggle of African Americans in achieving equal opportunities in education.

The new home of the museum provides a more open space to showcase this effort. The Blackstone Community Chorus provided spirit-filled music that inspired one’s soul. The Central High Museum has truly been blessed by God.

Throughout the day, vendors were on hand to sell a variety of items, such as Muhammad Ali memorabilia and decorative wreaths as well as delicious food such as hot dogs, cheeseburgers, fish and ice cream. Drinks were sold that quenched visitors’ thirst on the hot summer day.

Once the ribbon cutting was performed by museum president Dr. Hezetine Foster, volunteers gave frequent tours of the museum’s five galleries. Visitors were impressed with the wealth of information these galleries displayed.

From the old typewriters, class photographs, trophies and yearbooks to the eye catching and awe-inspiring three-wall display (Wall of Slavery, Wall of Struggle and Wall of Hope) it is apparent the great care that went into the preparation and preservation of items that depict the strength and courage of African Americans fight for education equality throughout the years.

The museum still needs various yearbooks and class photos to enhance its growing collection. The Central High Museum board graciously thanks everyone who came out to the grand opening and supported us. We believe this new museum will experience great endeavors in the new millennium. The museum will be open on Saturdays from noon-2 p.m., so check the papers for the dates.

Judy Moore is a tour guide at the Central High Museum. She can be reached at ju.mo39@live.com.