Throughout Black History Month, Mayor Daniel Horrigan invites residents and visitors to stop by City Hall and take a tour of the city’s largest gallery of Black History displayed throughout the building.
“Beginning today, and continuing through the end of February, residents can visit City Hall and learn about the rich history of Akron’s African-American pioneers, their contributions to various institutions and their service to the greater Akron community,” Horrigan said. “As I, and other city employees, walk by these posters every day, we are reminded of the important contributions these citizens made to government, science, education, sports and the arts.”
The gallery features more than 35 posters displaying Akron Black History profiles. On various floors of City Hall, visitors will see four Akron Black History banners honoring those who serve or served as Mayoral Appointees, members of Akron City Council, members of the Board of Education of Akron Public Schools, and elected officials serving Akron and Summit County.
Visitors may also view more than 70 posters and banners highlighting national figures, events and accomplishments, in the following topics: 10 Days in Black History That Changed a Nation, A Legacy of Achievement: African Americans Who Changed the World, Connecting to Past with the Present, Inspiring Moments in African-American History, African American Inventions That Changed Our World, African Americans of STEM and Historically Black Colleges & Universities.
The public can also explore a timeline of Akron’s Black History on the City’s website at: http://www.akronohio.gov/cms/site/da55d3ef8c7e0aae/index.html. Additionally, Horrigan will highlight one person from local African-American history on social media every day this month.
Organizers interested in arranging a group or student tour of the gallery should contact Billy Soule, assistant to Mayor Horrigan for Community Relations at (330) 375-2660 or at [email protected].
Horrigan thanks Dr. Shirla R. McClain’s Gallery on Akron Black History and Culture, Akron-Summit County Public Library and Summit County for their help in gathering information on many of the local individuals who are featured; and expresses special gratitude to Billy Soule, assistant to the Mayor for Community Relations, for procuring posters of the national individuals represented and for designing the local posters.