In honor of the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote, the African American Gallery will unveil a new exhibit on Sunday, February 14th. This exhibit will showcase some of the black women who were instrumental in the fight for women to obtain the right to vote. It will spotlight suffragists Ida B. Wells, Sojourner Truth, Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin, Mary Terrell Church and the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. This exhibit will also examine the career of aviator Bessie Coleman. Coleman was the first African American and Native American woman to hold a pilot license.
The Ethnic Heritage Museum celebrates the cultural and history of six nationalities that were instrumental in developing southwest Rockford: African American, Hispanic, Irish, Italian, Lithuanian, and Polish. The Graham-Ginestra House is a beautiful historic home built in the 1850’s by the Graham family and purchased in 1920’s by the Ginestra family. For almost 150 years the home was only occupied by members of these two families.
The Heritage Museum Park will open for tours with an appointment. To schedule a tour, call 815/962-7402. General admission to both museums is only $5 student, $7 individual, $15 per family or free to members. The Ethnic Heritage Museum is handicap accessible.
The Heritage Park Museum is continuing its involvement in the community-wide initiative entitled, “Clean Hands, Open Doors.” Visitors must wear masks and practice social distancing while on the museum campus. Hand sanitizer will be available for visitors to use. All docents will be wearing masks.
There is parking in the lot on the corner of Main and Morgan Streets next to the Graham-Ginestra House and additional parking is available on Loomis Street by the museum. For more information call 815/962-7402 or visit www.ethnicheritagemuseum.org