Black History Month celebrations listed
Throughout February, which is Black History Month, many events have been scheduled around the county.
Various events are being hosted by the Union County Public Library and Marshville's Museum and Cultural Center also has an event planned.
Black History Art Contest:
From Feb. 1 through Feb. 15, those who stop by the Griffin Room in the Monroe Library have the opportunity to vote on entries in the library's first Black History Art Contest.
Monroe Black History Walk:
Saturday, Feb. 16, 3 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 17, 3 p.m.
The event features a one-hour, one-mile walk to little known Black History related sites around downtown Monroe. Registration for the event is full though there are opportunities to be placed on a waiting list. If the event is canceled due to bad weather, it is planned to be rescheduled for a later date. Participants under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Some sites that will be visited during the walk are the former location of the Mt. Calvary Church, which was the first black church in Monroe, the former location of People's Drug Store, the former location of The Union Theatre and the site of Jones Drugstore. In all seven Black History related sites are planned for the event with the addition of two other additional sites walk participants will be informed about and have the option to tour on their own. For more information contact Patricia Poland at 704-283-8184 ext. 224.
Kitty Wilson-Evans at Marshville Museum and Cultural Center
Sunday, Feb. 17, 2 p.m.- 4 p.m.
Kitty Wilson-Evans, who is a performer and storyteller, will perform in a special Black History related program as part of Black History month at the museum and cultural center, which is at 201 N. Elm Street in Marshville.
Donna Washington Storyteller:
Tuesday, Feb. 19, 5 p.m.
Donna Washington, who is an award-winning author and storyteller, will present a program at the Lois Morgan Edwards Memorial Library as part of the library's Black History Month celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. All ages are invited to attend.
Slavery in the Americas:
Saturday, Feb. 23, 1:15 p.m.
UNCC Professor Chris Cameron will talk at the Monroe Library about slavery in the Americas and the different paths to abolition.
Famous Black Explorers:
Monday, Feb. 25, 4:30 p.m.
The event will beheld at Union West Regional Library and is for ages 8-12. It will focus on various Black Explorers.
Oil Pastel Art with Rodney Singleton:
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 5 p.m.
The event will take place at the Edwards Memorial Library in Marshville and will feature Rodney Singleton sharing his story and expertise when it comes to oil pastel art. Registration is required and the event is for grades 6- 12. The will also be held on Feb. 26 at the Monroe Library.