African American


The African American Gallery celebrates the Christmas Holiday with Black Santas on display. These santas were gifted to the gallery through a generous gift and the gallery alternates these collections with an Angel exhibit given by the same donor. A new gallery tree exhibits ornaments of gold, silver, brown colors with red ornament accents.

"Black Nativity" A Gospel Song/Play" by Langston Hughes will be performed by Rockford's Reader Theatre at Ethnic Heritage Museum on Sunday, December 16, 2018 in the museum Lockwood Gallery. The performance is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Free event with donations to the museum appreciated. A tour of the gallery is welcomed following.

Langston Hughes, the distinguished poet and playwright, in his "Black Nativity" drew upon his vast knowledge of African American crossover of 1950's gospel, folk music, and lore to create a vivid and personal telling of the birth of Jesus.

Using dialogue, Christmas spirituals and gospel songs, his song/play taps a treasury of specifically African American materials and gives  a fresh and wholesome new approach to the Bible's best-loved story.

This is adapted and directed by Dorothy Paige-Turner and some of Rockford's most talented performers present this piece in the two venues.

The African American Gallery Christmas exhibit opens Sunday November 18, 2018. "Holiday Traditions Open House" is Sunday, December 9, 2018 from noon to 4:00 p.m. There will be musical performances throughout the afternoon and opportunites to visit the museum gift shop. Plan a holiday stop!