MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — The Montgomery Museum of Art and History is hosting an open house event next week for the formal presentation of the new NRV Black History Collection of books and pamphlets.
On Thursday, Aug. 11, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., the museum will be hosting its summer Membership Mingle at its new location at 4 Main Street in Christiansburg.
The museum says say the collection of books and pamphlets was organized by the Education Committee of the Montgomery County-Radford City-Floyd County (MRF) Branch of the NAACP. The collection was created with intention of making local African American history more accessible to the community by providing resources to museums.
Then, at 6 p.m. on Thursday, the Black History Collection will be formally presented by the NAACP branch.
“We are honored to partner with the Montgomery County-Radford City-Floyd County Branch of the NAACP to make African American history and culture more accessible to all within the New River Valley,” said Montgomery Museum Executive Director Casey Jenkins.
Officials say the two-part collection was created by the Education Committee with help from local museum curators, as well as history and sociology professors from Radford University and Virginia Tech. The collection also contains donated and purchased books from community members.
The history of African Americans in the New River Valley and the greater region of Appalachia is told through 25 books in the collection, while eight booklets focus more specifically on the experiences of African Americans in the New River Valley.
“This project would not have been possible without the support of the community. We are excited to make these materials available through the museum and embrace the value it will bring to our community,” Deborah Travis, president of the MRF branch of the NAACP, said.
The Montgomery Museum of Art and History says coal mining, slavery, education, segregation, massive resistance, and reconciliation are some of the topics covered in the collection. In addition to books and pamphlets, there will also be QR codes for documented oral history.