African American Museum Remains Steady Through Pandemic

After re-opening in August, The Evansville African American Museum had to change its daily operations. Now, visitors must schedule a tour 24 hours in advance.

Posted: Feb 1, 2021 1:45 PM
Updated: Feb 2, 2021 2:24 PM

"Welcome to our Evansville African American museum.," says Janice Hale.

Janice Hale has been with The Evansville African American Museum for 13 years.

She went from living in what used to be apartments before it was the museum, in 1963, to Coordinator of Guest Services.

And despite the pandemic, her passion to share history remains at an all-time high

But like all museums in the Tri-State, the pandemic has affected them harder than expected.

"There's still so much to be told and shown," says Hale.

While relying on tours to keep the doors open, changes had to be made to ensure social distancing guidelines.

"We've had to change our hours of course, now we're doing by appointment only," Says Director Kori Miller.

With so much personal history inside this building, Janice can not wait until they can operate on normal hours.

"We want to be ready when it's over with so we can open up and invite more and more people in," Hale said.

While they have hosted virtual events and collaborations to stay active in the community, the museum is planning a new event for the end of this month.

"We're in works with the American red cross, we're going to focus on sickle cell anemia," says Miller.

Sickle Cell Anemia is a disease that affects almost 90% of African Americans. Miller says they are excited to host this event and help educate those who may have it.

Attending the museum will not make up for the recent historic events that have taken place, but in this era of emptiness, you may find fullness in the artifacts on display.

"This is Black History Month, however black history is always," says Miller.

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