The National Afro- American Museum will reopen Saturday to reveal the first phase of its year-and-a-half-long renovation.
Grand-opening events that day from noon to 4 p.m. will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony, speeches from local dignitaries, guided tours and musical entertainment.
“We’re excited to share the first phase of our remodeled center with the community, state and nation,” said Dr. Charles Wash, executive director of the museum.
“The renovation has allowed us to update the exhibition space and mechanical systems in the museum,” he said.
In addition to grand opening events, guests will have access to an exhibition space that will feature the new installation “How I Got Over,” a mixed media exhibition that reflects the African-American experience and focuses on the themes of celebration, spirituality and protest.
A second space is expected to be open in the late spring and will feature an installation titled “And Still We Rise” consisting of nearly 100 quilts by famed artist Carolyn Mazloomi.
“The newly renovated public spaces will make programming a more prominent feature than before,” said Wash.
“This will allow us to provide first-hand educational opportunities for the public that fully interpret the material culture of African Americans from around the country,” he said.
Hours for the National Afro-American Museum will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
Admission will be $6 ($5 for seniors, $3 for children and college students with ID).
Admission to Saturday’s grand reopening will be free.
The museum is located at 1350 Brush Row Road, a half-mile west of Route 42, adjacent to Central State University.
For information, call the museum at 937-376-4944 or 800-752-2603, ext. 114.