Black history exhibits feature local treasures

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) Its the first weekend of Black History Month, and area museums are featuring residents' own personal treasurers. The exhibits that were generations in the marking.

Friends Gloria Martin and Loujane Basham explore the Harrison Museum's Extraordinary Crowns special exhibit, a collection of hats from the late Pulaski native Irma Jean Young Smith.

"We just thoroughly enjoyed it. And it just brings back a lot of memories that I knew in my young days," said Lou Jane Basham. Memories that include the historical black Lucy Addison High School and Burrell Memorial Hospital.

Though the museum celebrates black history all year long through, Charles Price realizes recognizing and preserving black history is important.

"It's still history and its something that happened, if negative or positive it still effected not only black folks but also white folks too," said Price.

Even over at Botetourt Historical Museum, precious memories from black churches, schools, and local heroes are being captured. The exhibit is entitled "Finding What Has Been Lost." It is a collection of artifacts, documents and pictures that Edward Barnett and Judith Barnett researched and collected over several years.

Both Basham and Price feel that history provides guidance to youth. "Younger generations will be able to understand they they too can do things they can be inventors, leaders, politicians, educators, but they need that spark sometimes," said Price.

"Oh my goodness, we can not forget it if we don't know where we have been and the struggles that we went through we wouldn't know how to get to the future and help our children," said Basham.