The February, 2015 exhibit at the Purcellville Train Station in Purcellville, Virginia went well, and for that I am grateful.
Attendance was not strong and was less than for what I had hoped, however, most of those who did attend were genuinely interested in our displays and appreciated the intent of the exhibit.
My goal was to create a greater awareness, a genuine appreciation, and an unsanitized/unedited display of history as a means to more fully understand why the celebration of Black History month is and needs to be more than a politically correct once yearly recognition of this segment of American history.
A great big thank you to:
--The town of Purcellville Arts Council for hosting this event
-- Mr, Reggie Simms for sharing with us some of his splendid art
-- Mr. George Grady, Sr., Buffalo soldier reenactor extraordinaire
-- Mr. Ray Banks, grand ambassador for the Hubert V. Simmons Museum of Negro Leagues Baseball
--Mr. Jimmie Bland, a former Indianapolis Clowns baseball player with Negro Leagues Baseball
--The Lincoln Preservation Foundation and their efforts to restore the 1880s African Methodist Episcopal Grace Church into a Multicultural Center
--The wonderful person with whom I live and to whom I am married, for understanding and supporting my passionate commitment to Black History
--Those who visited the exhibit in support of our program
For all of these I am truly thankful.
I am available to set up an exhibit in the greater Washington, D.C. area and welcome your inquiry and comments.
Jay D. Johnson