NAACP Branch to Feature Montgomery Museum with Black History Collection

CHRISTIANSBURG, Virginia. – A new historical collection arrives at the Montgomery Museum of Art and History soon.

On Tuesday, the Montgomery Museum of Art and History said the NAACP will present its Black History collection to the museum in August.

According to the release, the purpose of the collection is to make local African American history more accessible to the community by providing resources to local museums, and community members can conduct research and learn about local history.

And on August 11 from 5 to 7 p.m., museum officials announced that they will be hosting an open house with its Summer Membership Mingle, and at 6 p.m. the NAACP MRF branch will officially present the collection to the museum.

The event will take place at the museum’s new location at 4 East Main Street in Christiansburg, according to the release.

The leaders of the organization are happy to see the collection being presented and made available to the public.

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“We are honored to partner with the Montgomery-Radford City-Floyd County branch of the NAACP to make African American history and culture more accessible to everyone in the New River Valley,” said Casey Jenkins, executive director of the Montgomery Museum.

Deborah Travis, NAACP branch president, echoed that statement.

“This project would not have been possible without the support of the community,” said Travis. “We are excited to make these materials available through the museum and embrace the value it will bring to our community.”

An important part of the story, and the community even helped curate the content.

The collection was curated by the education committee with curators from local history museums and with faculty from Virginia Tech and Radford University, according to the statement.

And, according to the release, the drive was made possible with the help of community members who purchased and donated books.

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With two parts, the collection comes to life: 25 books tell the story of African Americans in the New River Valley and Appalachia, and 8 booklets focus on the New River Valley and the lived experiences of those in Montgomery County, Floyd County, Pulaski County. , and Radford City, according to the statement.

Community members can find a wide variety of subjects included in the collection, including coal mining, local education, slavery and segregation, mass resistance and reconciliation, museum officials said.

Not only will there be printed materials available in the collection, but the release says there will also be QR codes to access audio recordings of the stories.

You can find out more about the Montgomery Museum of Art and History here.

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