African American Heritage Trunk Debut

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.— The History Museum on the Square will host a free program featuring the newly created African American Heritage Trunk on Saturday, February 6th at 2 pm in the historic Fox Theatre, located at 157 Park Central Square. Registration is required and can be completed at or through our Facebook page.

The trunk is the newest addition to the History Museum on the Square’s Educational Trunk Program, which offers schools and community organizations the opportunity to rent educational trunks covering different themes pertaining to Springfield and Greene County history. Inside each of the trunks are artifacts, replicas, and educational resources that promote a hands-on approach to learning about history. With the help of local African American leaders who serve on the museum’s African American Heritage Advisory Board, the museum has created an educational trunk and program that appropriately and thoughtfully address the African American heritage of southwest Missouri. Board members include Gwen Marshall, SPS Equity and Diversity Specialist, Clarence Brewer, Artist and Musician, Toni Robinson, President of the Springfield NAACP, Wes Pratt, MSU Chief Diversity Officer, Cheryl Clay, Former President of the Springfield NAACP, and Father Moses Berry, Priest at the Orthodox Church in America and Curator of the Ozarks Afro-American Heritage Museum.

Ms. Marshall and Museum Educator Palmer Johnson will be available for interviews and the trunk will be available for viewing at 2 pm on February 4th at the historic Fox Theatre, located at 157 Park Central Square.

The trunk and program are made possible by grant funding from the Missouri Humanity Council’s African American Heritage Grant Program.