Plymouth Public Library Celebrates Black History Month

Plymouth Public Library
132 South Street
Plymouth, MA 02360
Phone: 508-830-4250

Friday, February 17, 2017 - 3:00pm

To mark Black History Month(rescheduled from Feb 9), we welcome the Commonwealth Museum’s traveling exhibition Thunder and Fire, a visual history of the service of Massachusetts blacks in the Civil War. Museum Director Dr. Stephen Kenny will be here to give a presentation about the significance of the display.  Join us in the Otto Fehlow Meeting Room for his introduction to the display that will be featured throughout the month.  Light refreshments will be served and an opportunity to meet the Museum Director.  The panels will then be staged in the main Reference Room.

To quote from the exhibition text:  “Frederick Douglass said, ‘Who would be free themselves must strike the blow….’  Though they comprised less than one percent of the North’s population, African-Americans who wore Union blue made up nearly one tenth of the Union forces. Despite unequal pay and treatment, some 180,000 African-American men served in the Army, another 18,000 in the Navy. Many more performed vital non-combat support functions, as did black women who served as nurses, scouts, or spies. Nearly 40,000 gave their lives.” Come see and learn more about this chapter of our history.

This program is sponsored by the Plymouth Public Library Corporation, free to the public and no registration is required.  The Library is fully accessible, please let us know if you need special accommodations to attend.