Past Gallery Exhibit – Voices from the Past

Voices from the Past: an Exhibit Celebrating African American History in Galveston
Click here to view the online version of the exhibit.
Rosenberg Library proudly announced Voices from the Past: An Exhibit Celebrating African American History in Galveston which featured historic images from the library’s archival collection related to the African American history in Galveston.

East District School
East District School
(Image courtesy of Galveston and
Texas History Center, Rosenberg Library).

Voices from the Past includes an assortment of late 19th and early 20th century photographs from the Galveston and Texas History Center at Rosenberg Library. On display will be images of schools, churches, businesses, and residents which collectively portray the island’s rich African American cultural heritage.

Rosenberg Library partnered with local residents to develop a unique interactive tour which allows visitors to watch and listen to personal stories which relate to the photos. Topics range from emotional anecdotes regarding discrimination and segregated facilities to more lighthearted tales of recreation and childhood adventures. Visitors can access video and audio content to enhance the experience using their own cell phone or smart phone.

Acknowledgments

Voices from the Past is a collaboration with Galveston Reads 2015. Rosenberg Library thanks the following organizations and individuals who contributed to the exhibit:
Old Central Cultural Center, Galveston Reads, Bernard W. Curtis, David H. O’Neal, Jr., Doug Matthews, Frederick Ferguson, Kelton D. Sams, Jr., Pete Henley, Cornelia Harris Banks, Alice Gatson, Roland P. Thomas, Tommie D. Boudreaux, Irenaeus Jordan, Bural R. Walker, Izola E.F. Collins, James E. Josey, Sr., and Fay H. Williams.

Voices from the Past includes photographs generously donated to Rosenberg Library by The Allen Family, Bert Armstead, Izola Collins, and Dr. L.A. Morgan.

Choir of Avenue L Baptist Church, 1926 Loading Cotton Car on the Beach
Choir of Avenue L Baptist Church, 1926
Loading cotton
Car on the beach
(Images courtesy of Galveston and Texas History Center, Rosenberg Library)
Click here to view the online version of the exhibit.