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Black History Month Events
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Cheltenham Township will commemorate this year’s Black History Month beyond February with a lineup of special events and programs.
• On Wednesday, January 31, the Elkins Park Free Library will present singer, performance poet, songwriter and actress Jaz as part of The Arthur Krasnow Poets and Poetry Series beginning at 7:00 p.m. Open mic will follow the headline act. The library is located at 563 Church Road in Elkins Park. For more information, call 215-635-5000.
• On Thursday, February 8, the Cheltenham Township Historical Commission will present a free lecture on “Understanding His Peculiarities: The Health of United States Colored Troops during the Civil War” at Curtis Hall, located at 1250 W. Church Road in Wyncote. Dr. Robert D. Hicks, director of the Mutter Museum and Historical Medical Library, William Maul Measey Chair for the History of Medicine, of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, will examine the medical experience of United States Colored Troops throughout the Civil War and its influence on military policy. The presentation will start at 7:30 p.m. immediately following a 6:30 p.m. commission meeting that is also open to the public. Admission is free; refreshments will be available. Funding for this program was provided by The Jenkinstown Lyceum. For more information, call 215-590-6457.
• On Saturday, February 10, the La Mott Community Center and La Mott Free Library will co-host “African-American Composers” presented by Victorian Vanities, Inc. The free event will run from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the La Mott Community Center, located at 7420 Sycamore Avenue in La Mott. For more information, call 215-635-4419.
• On Saturday, February 24, Andrea White will invite audience participation during “A History of La Mott.” Co-sponsored by the La Mott Community Center and La Mott Free Library, the free presentation will run from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the La Mott Community Center. For more information, call 215-635-4419.
• On Sunday, February 25, the Citizens for the Restoration of Historical La Mott present “Black History is American History.” The free event will include historian and author Dr. Cheryl Renee Gooch who will include excerpts from her book about the black Civil War soldiers of Chester County; historian and author David Harrower who will speak about abolitionist and artist David Bustill Bowser; re-enactor Kerry Bryan who will portray Lucretia Mott; and Civil War soldier re-enactors who will lead a sing-along of Civil War era music. The event will be held at 3:00 p.m. at the La Mott Community Center. For more information, call 215-885-2258.
• On Wednesday, February 28, historical interpreter Dr. Daisy Century will portray “Sojourner Truth,” an African-American abolitionist and women's rights activist who was born into slavery but escaped with her infant daughter to freedom in 1826. Co-hosted by the La Mott Community Center and La Mott Free Library, the presentation will run from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. For more information, call 215-635-4419.
• From March 5 to 15, East Cheltenham Free Library will host the “Trailblazers to Freedom Traveling Truck Exhibit.” Learn about Alice of Dunks Ferry and James Forten while exploring a traveling trunk on loan from the African-American Museum in Philadelphia. View videos, replica artifacts and documents, including clothing, letters, speeches, paintings and more, illustrating the personal, professional and political lives of Philadelphia’s early African American community. The library is located in the Rowland Community Center at 400 Myrtle Avenue in Cheltenham. For more information, call 215-379-2077.


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