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Taber Museum observes Black History Month with display

PHOTO PROVIDED An African face mask is one of several items on display in the Taber Museum's lobby for Black History Month.

The Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society has on display several pieces of African art from the Turner-Wilburn Family Collection. The artworks span the collecting of three generations of the family and includes an African face mask, several sculptures possibly created by utilizing the natural form of a piece of wood, a statue of a young man in native garb, blowing a trumpet, and a hand-held drum roped with macrame-style braiding.

According to a news release, the artworks are featured in the lobby of the museum and can be viewed during normal operational hours at no charge. There is a charge to tour the rest of the museum. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays.

The museum contains information about the pre-history, history and culture of north-central Pennsylvania in a series of galleries, room settings and displays. Highlighted within the museum’s permanent exhibit are materials relating to Daniel Hughes and his role in the Underground Railroad and the achievements of African-Americans Julia Collins, Mary Slaughter and Jim Washington. The museum, the news release said, is seeking materials for its permanent collection concerning families, churches, social clubs and other pertinent items relative to the African-American experience within Lycoming County.

For further information about the museum, call 570-326-3326 or visit the museum’s website at tabermuseum.org.

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