Building on the success of a December 6th, 2017 round table event held at Lafayette College, the collaboration between the NAACP Easton Branch #2260, the Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society, Lafayette College Libraries, and the Andrew W. Mellon Lehigh Valley Engaged Humanities Consortium (LVEHC) continued this week with “A Celebration of Black History in Easton.” This event was held February 28th, 2018 at the Sigal Museum in Easton and featured a display of photographs and artifacts highlighting the past 50 years of black history in Easton.
Over 200 community members showed up to listen to local NAACP members such as Karen S. Britt, Marvin Boyer, Charles Dickerson, Bill Houston, Lillian Robinson, and John Robinson recount stories about their memories and experiences growing up in the Easton area. Staff from the Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society and Lafayette College Libraries were on-hand to accept artifact donations for the Sigal Museum’s upcoming permanent exhibit, “Destination Northampton County.” This exhibit will focus on local diversity and the history of minority communities in the Lehigh Valley and is being funded in part by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation LVEHC Mellon Grant.
You can read more about this event and the ongoing collaboration between the NAACP Easton Branch #2260, the Sigal Museum, Lafayette College and the LVEHC in the article “Passion, energy of Easton’s black community over last 50 years to be celebrated this week” in the Morning Call.
Click here to view the full gallery of photos from the event.