‘A Place for All People’ visits region

All People

JOSEPH — The Smithsonian Institution opened the National Museum of African American History and Culture in September, and the celebration continues to travel across the United States. Next stop: Northeast Oregon.

Screen Shot 2017-02-22 at 11.08.12 AMThe Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center in Joseph will present “A Place for All People: Introducing the National Museum of African American History and Culture,” kicking off a tour that will also visit La Grande, Baker City, Pendleton and Ontario.

The commemorative poster exhibition will be on display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 1-8. There will be an open house from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 2 with light refreshments and a short presentation by Maxville Director Gwen Trice.

Organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, “A Place for All People” highlights key artifacts that tell the rich and diverse story of the African American experience. From the child-size shackles of a slave and the clothing worn by Carolotta Walls on her first day at Little Rock Central High School to Chuck Berry’s Gibson guitar, “Maybellene,” and the track shoes worn by Olympian Carl Lewis, the exhibition presents a living history that reflects challenge, triumph, faith and hope.

The poster exhibition and related public programs are an opportunity for Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center to showcase its work in sharing the many stories of African Americans and African diaspora people and their contributions to the local community and the American story.

Wallowa County school districts are encouraged to make appointments to bring their student body by contacting Trice at 541-426-3545.

Other locations

The exhibition will also be held at Art Center East in La Grande March 10-16, Four Rivers Cultural Center in Ontario March 17-23, Baker Heritage Museum in Baker City March 24-30, Eastern Oregon University in La Grande March 31-April 7 and various Pendleton locations April 8-21.

Trice is set to give presentations at opening nights for each.

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