Black History & Culture: BLACK PRESENCE. PROFOUND INFLUENCE.
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02 Feb 12:00 AM
Until 08 Mar, 11:59 PM 1m 6d 23h 59m

Black History & Culture: BLACK PRESENCE. PROFOUND INFLUENCE.

The 4th installment of this award-winning exhibit will open on February 2, 2024 (through March 8, 2024). It will expand the historic storytelling out of the Ossining borders into the surrounding communities that have impacted the world. Each uniquely themed Exhibit Gallery will highlight a particular period in American History where the black presence made a profound impact on the community. The exhibition will utilize oral history accounts and genealogical research to unearth the histories of Black entrepreneurs and Black organizations from all facets of the community’s business and social life. Programming will include a theatre production, talks, and living museum actors with events in person, online, and traveling throughout the year with the History Walls.

The exhibition will utilize oral history accounts and genealogical research to unearth the histories of the Black experience from all facets of life. A notable addition is an exhibit room dedicated to the history of the Rosenwald schools, highlighting the partnership of Julius Rosenwald and Booker T. Washington, who built schools and buildings that supported the education of Black people during the Jim Crow era.

Exhibit Dates: February 2 – March 8, 2024
“Night At The Museum” Opening Reception: February 2, 2024 7-9PM

Gallery Hours:
Monday-Saturday: 10AM-4PM
Closed Sundays

Walk & Talk Tours with Curator Joyce Sharrock-Cole – $25 Adult/$15 Student/Senior
Wednesday, February 7, 2024 at 6PM
Wednesday, February 28, 2024 at 6PM

Learn more about the exhibition here.

The Execution of Helen Ray Fowler
An Original Play Based on Actual Events

In a notorious red-light district of Niagara Falls, Hellen Ray Fowler, a thrice-married woman with five children, ran a boarding house while her husband was drafted into war (WWII) in 1943. Her fragile family dynamic is disastrously disrupted when she takes up with the new hothead boarder, George Knight. A fit of jealousy and a series of bad decisions results in a man’s death. Tried, convicted, and sent “up the river’ to Sing Sing Prison’s condemned cells, they meet their end in “Old Sparky” and Helen makes history as the only black woman legally executed in the state of New York.

Please be advised, this show is meant for mature audiences only. Highly suggested for audiences 18+.

Showtimes
Friday, February 16 7PM
Saturday, February 17 7PM
Sunday, February 18 3PM
Friday, February 23 7PM
Saturday, February 24 7PM
Sunday, February 25 3PM

$30 General Admission/$25 Senior/Student
TICKETS HERE

Playwright: Misha T. Sinclair
Content Creator & Producer: Joyce Sharrock-Cole
Director: Mel Hancock

CAST
HELEN FOWLER: Donna JamesGEORGE KNIGHT: Steve AllenWILLIAM FOWLER: Brian BagotLEE CLARK: Rick LeviCARLA JANUARY PHILIPS: Chasity PerezWALKER EARL THOMSON: Keith BullockBIRDIE JOHNSON: Jessica BondsRUTH PERSONS: Caturah BrownGENEVIEVE PERSONS: Wanda TysonPROSECUTOR: Richard TroianoDEFENSE ATTORNEY: Nick ByrneDETECTIVE FITZSIMMONS: Jeff RamseySOLDIER PAUL W. BLACKWELL: Ari MackDEATH HOUSE MATRON: Katrina Holmes

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