Museum Continues With Black History Celebration

HYANNIS – A series of films, presentations and panel discussions is being presented by the Zion Union Heritage Museum’s board and resident artists. The events are in commemoration of Black History Month and aim to educate the public about the accomplishments and struggles of black people along with other demographic and ethnic groups.

Board President John Reed says that there is more work to be done and that it takes a team effort. “We’re working with churches and other community groups to try and sort out what options people have and what resources they can go to.”

The museum, located in Hyannis, works with community and cultural groups throughout the Cape and is at the center of a network of musicians, artists, writers and historians. Barnstable High School Art Director Carl Lopes is a resident artist who creates paintings that draw from African tradition, yet possess a contemporary feel.

Reed points out that he has become a link in the chain of local civil rights leaders. “We have a litany of people who worked hard to change the Cape. Today, I am the inheritor and one of the leaders who continue their legacy.”

The next event is a screening of the documentary “Icons of the Civil Rights Movement, Past and Present” on Monday February 26th at the Barnstable Senior Center.

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