Traveling museum teaches about black women’s history
JACKSON, Tennessee — A local college has partnered with a regional organization to shine a light on the history of black women in America.
Museum founder Fred Saffold says he wants to shine a light on black women with their new exhibit, Women of Color.
The exhibit is to show appreciation and also to introduce the town of Jackson to a rich and beautiful history.
“Today we celebrate black women who are often in this society, undervalued, undervalued and in this society, marginalized,” Saffold said.
Saffold says he founded this museum for two important reasons.
“We founded this museum in 2010 for two reasons. Number one: preserve black history. Second: making sure people around the world understand and realize that people of African descent are valuable,” Saffold said.
He says that since the founding of the museum, it has continued to grow and expand every year.
They bring more and more artifacts throughout American history.
“The museum is perpetual. We are continually obtaining and gathering artifacts. Someone could come today and be enticed to donate a piece to the exhibit,” Saffold said.
The True Black History Museum continues to travel across the country, educating people from different backgrounds.
Saffold says they’ve been everywhere, from primary schools to prisons, trying to inspire young people and adults.
“We have exhibited in over 40 states. Probably close to 200,000 people have seen our exhibit, both on the college campus, K-12, public libraries, youth centers and prison. Wherever we have the opportunity to share our gifts, and I believe we have an impact,” Saffold said.
The Top Ladies of Distinction, an organization in Jackson, says they have been overwhelmed with feelings of gratitude knowing that black women are recognized for their contributions.
“It gives me a great sense of pride and humility to see the great works that others have done, and some of them were just ordinary people doing extraordinary things. So that should serve as a inspirational. It makes me feel good, and I hope it does for others that if they dream of it, they can actually achieve it,” said one of their members.
University of Memphis officials say if you miss this exhibit, they will have other events in the near future.
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