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African-American history traveling exhibit to visit Olivet College
Feb 02, 2004

OLIVET, Mich. The Middle Passage and African-American History Museum traveling exhibit will be at Olivet College Wednesday, Feb. 18 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., as well as Thursday, Feb. 19 and Friday, Feb. 20 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Dole Halls Klock Commons. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Groups of 20 or more are strongly encouraged to make a reservation.

James and Mary Anne Petty, the exhibit collectors, will be on hand for an opening reception Feb. 18 from 3 to 6 p.m. in Klock Commons.

The complete Middle Passage collection, accumulated from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North and South Carolina and Tennessee, includes 25,000 pieces from slave and slave trade items to objects from the Civil Rights Era. The traveling exhibit features 250 historical artifacts covering more than 200 years of African-American history from the shores of Africa to contemporary United States. Artifacts such as branding irons, whips, trade beads, negro-pegged shoes and quilts will be on display.

Through a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Olivet College, Starr Commonwealth, The National Resource Center for the Healing of Racism, United Community Ministerial Alliance and Western Michigan University partnered to sponsor the Middle Passage traveling exhibit. The exhibit is also being shown at Western Michigan Universitys Kendall Center Feb. 2 to 5, and Starr Commonwealths Albion campus Feb. 7 and 8.

For more information, call (269) 749-7631.


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