Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

History Rolls into Town ; Mobile Museum Takes Schoolkids through a Tour of Accomplishment

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

History Rolls into Town ; Mobile Museum Takes Schoolkids through a Tour of Accomplishment

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Nykeia Baker, a fourth-grade student at Glenwood Leadership Academy, learned Thursday afternoon that Bessie Coleman was the first black female pilot to blaze a path for African-American women in the sky. Baker, 10, was visiting American Legacy Magazine's "Know Your History" Mobile Museum at the Southern Indiana Career & Technical Center with her classmates to learn more about the historical contributions of African-Americans during Black History Month.

The mobile museum, which is housed in a truck trailer, started its national tour Feb. 8 in Ohio. It will be at the Technical Center through today for area students to tour during the day and will be open to the public free of charge from 3 to 5 p.m. The exhibit is wheelchair accessible.

Curator Michael Washington said the mobile museum teaches people about the magazine and that it targets cultural issues and historic values of African-Americans through interactive displays on the trailer and often tangible displays trigger students' brains about people they have studied in class.

"We talk about the prominent people that have made a change and made a difference past, present and future," Washington said. "Students also have an opportunity to relate to something that they've learned inside the classroom."

The tour showcases the mobile museum of memorabilia and interactive learning stations, photos and video focusing on the contributions of African-American pioneers in aviation, sports and science. The stop in Evansville is funded through the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp. and was brought to the city through the efforts of EVSC board member Karen Ragland.

"We so appreciate Karen Ragland's efforts to bring this unique experience to Evansville and also acknowledge the work of Dionne Blue, EVSC's chief diversity officer, for all of the behind the scenes effort that makes an event like this possible," said EVSC Superintendent David Smith. …

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