Museums to shine spotlight on Black History this month

Tallahassee museums are making February a month to remember. 

Places such as the Riley House and the Carrie Meek- James Eaton, Sr. Black Archives are creating new exhibits to celebrate and educate for black history month. 
The Riley house has been observing Black History Month since it was established in 1996. 
Althemese Barnes, executive director since January 1996, said she is very excited about the upcoming events and that they all have their own importance.
“All are of major significance,” said Barnes.  “The theme is especially important given that it is the 150th anniversary of one of the United State’s most oppressive periods for African Americans but the most celebrated because of the freedoms that resulted from the battle, as well as the later adoption of the 13th amendment to the Constitution.” 
This year’s events include the Tallahassee Regional Airport Exhibit-The Civil War and Tribute to United States Colored Troops, which will take place Feb. 2-28. 
On Feb. 18, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., the Riley House will host its annual “Applause for the Pioneers Gala Honoring 19th Century African American Public Officials,” at Goodwood Museum Carriage House, located at 1600 Miccosukee Road. The featured pioneer is William Henry Ford, great-great grandfather of former Tallahassee Mayor James R. Ford.
Florida A&M’s Student Government Association, in conjunction with the Black Archives, has also prepared a night of exhibits to share with the students and community.
Director of the Black Archives E. Murell Dawson said that these events will be sure to enhance the education and experience of all students who attend.
“This gives students an opportunity to learn more about history and in a unique way that will grasp their attention,” said Dawson.
On Feb. 17 and 18,  FAMU SGA will host two events in conjunction with the Meek-Eaton Black Archives  honoring of Black History Month.