Ethnic Heritage Museum celebrates ‘150th Anniversary of African-American History’

Staff Report

Join the African-American Gallery of Rockford’s Ethnic Heritage Museum, 1129 S. Main St., Sunday, Oct. 6, as it showcases its newest exhibit celebrating “The 150th Anniversary of African-American History.”

Highlights of this exhibit will include Thurgood Marshall and Brown v. Board of Education, African-Americans’ contributions to the armed forces with the Buffalo Soldiers and Tuskegee Airmen, segregation and members of the Civil Rights movement, and a look at the first African-American president and other black candidates for that office.

This exhibit will feature James Jackson, a Rockford resident who attended the March on Washington in 1963. See pictures of local residents who have had the opportunity to take a picture with President Obama. And for those who have not had that opportunity, this exhibit will include a life-size replica of the president on loan from Frank Perrecone.

The exhibit will be on display every Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. until the end of the year. Admission is $5 for individuals, $3 for students or $10 for families, and free for members. Visit, call (815) 962-7402 or e-mail The museum is handicap accessible.

From the Oct. 2-8, 2013, issue

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