NELA African American Museum events scheduled for Black History Month 2023

Black History Month in the United States.
Black History Month in the United States.

The Northeast Louisiana Delta African-American Museum has several events planned for the month of February in honor of Black History Month.

Black History Month is an annual celebration of the achievements of African-Americans and their contributions in U.S. history. It started as Negro History Week in 1926 by historian Carter G. Woodson. In 1976, President Gerald Ford officially recognized the observance as Black History Month.

The Northeast Louisiana Delta African-American Heritage Museum is located at 1501 Chennault Park Drive in Monroe and is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children 17 and under.

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Black Inventors Traveling Museum

The Black Inventors Traveling Museum will be on exhibit from Feb. 6−11 where you will be able to see over 75 examples of Black investors and hear researcher Dr. Umar Bey tell their stories. Inventions will also be displayed.

Carolyn Williams "The Quilted History"

Carolyn Williams, curator of the Quilted History Museum near El Dorado, Arkansas, will be be hosted at the museum Feb. 13−18. Williams will share her family history from the Underground Railroad to present time, using quilts and other artifacts.

Open Mic Poetry

The museum is hosting an open mic poetry night on Feb. 16 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

"Free Press Hall of Fame"

Roosevelt and Joslyn Wright will tell their story of Northeast Louisiana through the "Press Hall of Fame" from Feb. 20−25. These front page stories cover more than 50 years of life of Black Americans in the community.

For more information call the museum at 318-342-8889.

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