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Beulah Rucker Museum highlights black history

Events to focus on African-Americans in Hall County

POSTED: January 26, 2012 12:30 a.m.

The Beulah Rucker Museum and Brenau University's WBCX Radio have joined forces to make sure that local history isn't forgotten.

For the entire month of February, the station will air the "African American Places of Hall County" vignettes produced by the museum's executive director Rojene Bailey.

They will air daily on FM89.1 at 9 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. from Feb. 1-29 in observance of Black History Month.

The daily features will highlight historical establishments, recreational facilities, schools and churches "that no longer exist, but served an integral part of the success of African-Americans in the early years," Bailey says.

The segments were researched by local authors Linda Rucker Hutchens and Ella J. Wilmont Smith, who co-wrote the Black America series book "Hall County Georgia."

The museum at 2101 Athens Highway in Gainesville will also celebrate Black History Month with "Movie Night at the Museum" at 7 p.m. Tuesdays in February.

The first showing will be Feb. 7.

The showings are free, but seating is limited. The videos will highlight local history, as well as the "African-American journey and experience" from 1450 through 1865.

According to museum staff, the movie nights will be a family-friendly learning opportunities. There will be documentaries about the Underground Railroad, the Tuskegee Airmen, the history of Palmour Street in Gainesville and the museum's namesake, Beulah Rucker.


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