Black health care providers profiled at Ethnic Heritage Museum

• Exhibit opens April 14, runs through June

Online Staff Report

The African-American Gallery of the Ethnic Heritage Museum (EHM) will showcase in its newest exhibit the accomplishments of Rockford’s early African-American health care providers. The exhibit, which runs April 14 to the end of June, will feature doctors Herbert Jackson, E. G. Roberts, William Fonvielle, Jefferson Ish and Marcella Harris, among others.

In addition to this exhibit featuring black doctors, the African-American Gallery will showcase its African-American “Women in History” honoree, Beatrice Taylor. The public is invited to help Taylor celebrate her 108th birthday from 2 to 4 .m., Sunday, April 14. A short program will begin at 3 p.m. Admission is free to the public, but donations are appreciated. Light refreshments will be served.

The Ethnic Heritage Museum at 1129 S. Main St. The museum is unique in its blend of ethnic groups: African-American, Italian, Lithuanian, Irish, Polish and Hispanic. The exhibits in these galleries will enlighten you of their cultural history and their contributions to life in Rockford.

The museum is open every Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m.. Admission is $3 for children, $5 for adults and $10 for families. Group tours can be arranged by contacting the museum at (815) 962-7402 or e-mailing The museum is handicap accessible. Visit

Posted April 10, 2013

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