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Museum exhibit recognizes local black pioneers

February 09, 2007|by KATE S. ALEXANDER

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The Allison-Antrim Museum honors black history this month with a display dedicated to 15 blacks who influenced life in Franklin County.

Museum President Bonnie Shockey said the exhibit, "African-Americans in Greencastle and Franklin County Who Made a Difference," is a month-long exhibit and features the stories of people like Greencastle native Alexander McGrew.

"We have a primary document that is a letter he (Alexander McGrew) wrote to his wife during the civil war in 1864," she said.

Shockey explained that while the exhibit primarily features local blacks, it also honors a few men and women from outside the area whose lives impacted the county.

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"It features a mix of people and there are some like the Dr. Martin Delany family who came into the area," she said. "Dr. Delany's father bought his family out of slavery in Charleston, Va., and his mother brought them to Chambersburg because they broke the law by educating the children."

Shockey said the display also features the Shirk brothers from Shippensburg, Pa., who fought in the Civil War and Dr. Matthew Anderson of Antrim Township who was the first African-American to attend Princeton Theological Seminary.

The display is new to the Allison-Antrim Museum and Shockey said it could become a bi- or tri-annual exhibit.

"We have also considered making this a traveling exhibit and taking it to the local schools," she said.

Shockey said the display, which is mostly hanging exhibits of information and photographs, is open to the public by appointment and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. and Feb. 15 from noon to 3 p.m.

The "African-Americans in Greencastle and Franklin County Who Made a Difference" exhibit will be on display through the beginning of March.

The museum's March exhibit will honor women's history, Shockey said.




If you go



What: Allison-Antrim Museum honors Black History Month with the exhibit, "African-Americans in Greencastle and Franklin County Who Made a Difference."

When: Open houses Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. and Feb. 15 from noon to 3 p.m. Also open by appointment.

Where: Allison-Antrim Museum, 365 S. Ridge Ave., Greencastle, Pa.

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