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Two Events set to Honor Black History

The Wynne Home Arts & Visitors Center and the Walker County Genealogical Society (WCGS) have collaborated to present two weekends of Black History celebrations.

Events begin with Honor Black History on Saturday, February 10. WCGS will host a reception at 3 p.m. at the Wynne Home. Mayor Andy Brauninger will deliver a proclamation in honor of Black History Month at 3:30 p.m., followed by Richard Watkins sharing local history.

Lecturer Kyle Ainsworth will present Honoring Black History at 3:45 p.m. Local Voices of Huntsville will wrap up the event, featuring photographer Chris Holmes, dance duo Jarell and Madeline Rochelle, Sam Houston State University blues and jazz students, poet James Rochelle, and artist Semone Robinson.

A special exhibit of quilt replicas will be on display throughout the week leading up to the event at the Wynne Home. The quilts are designed like those believed to assist travelers on the Underground Railroad, a system to help enslaved people escape during the 1800s.

The celebrations continue Saturday, February 17, featuring Naomi Carrier with the Texas Center for African American Living History. A children’s program, “Secrets in Songs and Quilts”, will begin at 4 p.m. A re-enactment of an Underground Railroad story, “Fugitives of Passion”, will begin at 5 p.m.

Carrier’s books Go Down, Old Hannah and The Underground Railroad, a children’s coloring book, will be available in the Friends of the Wynne Home Sales Gallery. Carrier will be available for book signing at the end of the program.

For more information, email Linda Pease at lpease@HuntsvilleTX.gov.

Information courtesy of City of Huntsville

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