Chesterfield Historical Society opens Black History Month exhibit

The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia (CHSV) will honor Black History Month with the opening of a new exhibit on oral histories entitled “FourScore and More, Part II” at the County Museum, 6813 Mimms Loop in the Chesterfield County government complex. The exhibit will open at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4 and continue through March 31, 2012.

Developed by the African-American History Committee of CHSV, this oral history project began in 2005 with the first interviews of African American Chesterfield County residents aged 80 and older.  Their words speak fervently to us as they describe the life experiences of African Americans who were born or lived in Chesterfield County from the first 30 years of the 20th century through the first decade of the 21st century. The exhibit reflects many common themes and challenges they faced growing up in a mostly rural and segregated environment. The stories include their early education, families and community life, military service and chosen fields of work.

This year’s exhibit adds new interviews to compliment those exhibited in February 2011.  Artifacts depicting the era and culture of these African-American elders will also be included.

Museum hours are 10:00am -2:00pm Saturdays, 10:00am-4:00pm Tuesday-Friday. Admission: $2. As the center for Chesterfield County history, the mission of the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia is to collect, preserve, interpret and promote the county’s past for the education and enjoyment of present and future generations.  For more information or to volunteer, please call 796-7121 or visit www.chesterfieldhistory.com

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