African American History Month Programming
The Frazier History Museum has developed some special programming initiatives for the month of February in honor of the contributions and important roles of African Americans in United States history. Take a look at our special guide, highlighting artifacts, artists, and import historic figures, in our different exhibition spaces throughout the museum that tell stories from and about the African American perspectives.
100 Great Courier-Journal Photographs
Our newest exhibition allows visitors to gaze into the past as framed through the lenses of Courier-journal photographers from the 1930's to the present day. Many of the the images depict critical moments of African American history and experiences in Louisville and outlying regions. Martin Luther King Jr., Muhammad Ali, the Civil Rights Movement, open housing rights protests, desegregation, and the joys and struggles of everyday life are all captured on film. These snap-shots will take visitors through time-and-place and display in crystal clarity that a picture is, indeed, worth a-thousand words.
Performances featuring stories that depict the African American experience are scheduled every Saturday. A detailed list of performances and times can be found below.
George Remus, The Bootleg King
Saturday February 4th: 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Told from the point of view of an African American bartender, this interpretation chronicles the rise and fall of George Remus, “King of The Bootleggers,” who built a multi-million dollar operation from bootlegging and speakeasies during the early years of Prohibition. This performance also addresses the segregation between those who served and those who imbibed.
The Story of Doris "Dorrie" Miller
Saturday Febrary 11th: 2:00pm - 2:10pm
While serving as a Mess Attendant aboard the USS West Virginia at Pearl Harbor in 1941, Doris "Dorrie" Miller abruptly discovered that life in the Navy was more than mess hall duty when the battleship was attacked by Japanese planes and submarines on December 7th. (performed in the exhibit: Personal Stories of Pearl Harbor)
The Story of Holt Collier
Saturday, February 18th: 2:00pm-2:15pm
Holt Collier (c. 1848 – August 1, 1936) was a noted African American bear hunter, sportsman, tracker and guide. Such was Collier's fame among big-game hunters that Major George M. Helm asked him to serve as President Theodore Roosevelt's tracker during his famous Mississippi bear hunt of 1902. The hunt was very high profile, attended by noted big-game hunters, among whom was John Avery McIlhenny of Avery Island, Louisiana, who had served with Roosevelt in the Rough Riders during the Spanish American War. Numerous reporters were among the entourage. Collier unwittingly set the stage for the event that served as the origin of Roosevelt's nickname "Teddy Bear."
Saturday, February 25th 2:15pm - 2:30pm
James Forten (September 2, 1766 – March 4, 1842) was an African-American abolitionist and wealthy businessman in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Born free in the city, he became a sailmaker after the American Revolutionary War.. This performative interpretation relays the tale of Forten's capture and imprisonment aboard the British prison ship Jersey off the coast of New York during the American Revolutionary War.