NORFOLK, Neb. – A traveling museum that teaches Black history using rare and authentic artifacts will make a stop at Northeast Community College. The True Black History Museum exhibit will be featured on Tues., Feb. 1, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., in Northeast’s Union 73, 801 E. Benjamin Ave., in Norfolk.
The exhibit, founded in 2010 by Fred J. Saffold III, was established to preserve Black history and to “educate others on the many contributions African-Americans have made to humanity.” It features an extraordinary collection of rare and authentic artifacts, dating from the late 1700's to the 21st century.
The Collection takes participants on a journey with the artifacts through the African American experience. Artifacts range from many great civilizations in Africa, through the Mid Atlantic slave trade, slavery, the Civil War, Reconstruction, Jim Crow, the Civil Rights / Black Power movement, through modern day. The Collection celebrates and highlights contributions of African Americans in the arts, sciences, sports, entertainment, education, and politics.
Masks will be required in the exhibit area.
The current exhibit, “A Tribute to the African-American Journey,” features over 150 artifacts and includes original documents from historic figures such Martin Luther King Jr., Mary McLeod Bethune, Booker T. Washington, Rosa Parks, George Washington Carver, Angela Davis, President Barack Obama, and many other great African-Americans.
The exhibition, co-sponsored by Northeast Community College’s IDEA (Inclusivity, Diversity and Equity Alliance) team, Student Activities and the Norfolk Area Diversity Council, is free and open to the public. The Feb. 1 event will kick-off Northeast’s celebration of Black History Month.
Members of the public view exhibits in the traveling True Black History Museum which will make a stop at Northeast Community College in Norfolk on Tues., Feb. 1 The 11 a.m.-3 p.m. event is free and open to the public. (True Black History Museum)