The National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center in Wilberforce, Ohio, has re-opened its doors to reveal the first phase of its year-and-a-half-long renovation.
“We’re excited to share the first phase of our remodeled center with the community, state and nation,” says Dr. Charles Wash, executive director of the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center. “The renovation has allowed us to update the exhibition space and mechanical systems in the museum.”
New Exhibit: How I Got Over
The museum currently features a new installation, How I Got Over, a mixed-media exhibit that reflects the African American experience and focuses on three themes: celebration, spirituality and protest. A second exhibit space expected to open in late spring will feature a quilt installation entitled And Still We Rise, consisting of nearly 100 quilts by famed artist Carolyn Mazloomi.
Upon completion, the project will enable the museum to better serve the community and state through new, high-quality exhibits and a permanent exhibition. Additionally, the museum plans to update its existing collections and acquire new ones.
“The newly renovated public spaces will also make programming a more prominent feature than before,” says Wash. “This will allow us to provide first-hand educational opportunities for the public that fully interpret the material culture of African Americans from around the country.”
The Museum Reopening
Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, was a day of celebration and rebirth for the museum. In addition to the unveiling of the new exhibit, How I Got Over, the event included a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the occasion, remarks by Sen. Eric Kearney, a silent auction of art, dazzling musical and dance performances and an abundance of good conversations among guests. “We felt overwhelmed by the community’s excitement about the reopening and support for the museum," says National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center curator Aleia Brown.
Planning Your Visit
The National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center is at 1350 Brush Row Rd., 1/2 mile west of State Route 42, adjacent to Central State University.
Hours for the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center are Wednesday through Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $6/adult; $5/senior; $3/child or college student with ID; and Free/Central State University and Wilberforce University students with ID or Ohio History Connection member. For more information, call 800.752.2603, ext. 114 or 937.376.4944.
View photos of the reopening celebration on our Flickr page.
Watch an interview with National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center curator Aleia Brown.