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Worcester Celebrates Black History Month

For Immediate Release: 1/31/2019 4:35 pm

The City of Worcester is pleased to announce and promote the following programs and events in celebration of Black History Month in February:

Worcester Historical Museum Student Exhibition – February
The Worcester Historical Museum will host a Student Art Exhibit reflecting on the words and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. in the Rockwell Gallery.

When and Where I Enter: Selections from the History of African-American Women in Worcester - A collaborative display by the Black History Project of Worcester, Worcester Historical Museum and the City of Worcester

Visit the display case on the third floor of City Hall during the month of February presented by the Black History Project of Worcester, a group collecting, archiving and digitizing black history of the Worcester community. The display will feature photos of freed slave Bethany Veney and the first black Worcester school teacher, Sarah Ella Wilson. In an opportunity for more people to take their place in the stories of Worcester, visitors are invited to share their Worcester history in a Discovery Day at the Worcester Historical Museum on Saturday, February 23 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Shared images, documents, etc., will be scanned and returned to their owners. Artifacts will be photographed.

Worcester Public Library – Saturday, February 2

The Worcester Public Library will host a Scripted Mock Trial of Frederick Douglass vs. The Auld Family along with vendors and other entertainment on Saturday, February 2 from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Worcester Senior Center – Thursday, February 21
The Worcester Senior Center African American Elder Group will host a program on Thursday, February 21 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. recognizing Shirley Frances Barrow Carter, E.D., Audrey Elizabeth Barrow Brown, B.A., M.S.N. and Mary Eliza Mahoney (posthumously), who in 1952, became the first black registered nurses to graduate from Worcester City Hospital School of Nursing.

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