Black History Month events

February 16, 1997

Looking for a Black History Month event to take in today?

Possibilities range from a talk by a former Redskins player to a video presentation on black Americans in the Wild West plus a gospel concert and a host of exhibits.

All the events are free. Here's a schedule:

  • Tony McGee, the former Redskin tackle, speaks at today's 4 p.m. Black History Month celebration in the auditorium at North Hagerstown High School.

Besides McGee's talk, the forum will include music, dancing, poetry reading and an art display.

  • "The Black West," a video program which details the experiences of African-American cowboys and other settlers who lived in the West in the late 1800s and early 1900s will be shown this afternoon.

The presentation begins at 3 p.m. at Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown City Park. For information, call 739-5727.

  • "Dr. Augusta, Black Surgeon,'' an exhibit featuring stories from black care-givers from both North and South during the Civil War is on display today at a Frederick, Md., museum.

Augusta was the first of only eight black physicians to obtain a commission in the Union Army during the Civil War.

Today's hours at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, 48 E. Patrick St., are from noon to 4 p.m.

The exhibit continues through Feb. 28. For information, call 1-301-695-1864, or 1-800-564-1864.

  • "Equal Justice Under the Law,'' a black history exhibit is on display today and every day through February at the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.

The exhibit highlights three groundbreaking civil rights cases that came before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Hours for the exhibit - housed on the second floor of John Brown Museum, off of U.S. 340, Harpers Ferry, W.Va. - are daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For information, call 1-304-535-6298.

  • "A Celebration of African-American Gospel Music" happens today in Chambersburg, Pa.

Several area gospel choirs will be featured at a 7 p.m. concert at the Capitol Theatre, 159 S. Main St.

At 3 p.m., Dr. Anthony Leach leads a workshop on African-American gospel music.

For information, call 1-717-261-1220.

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