Last month Pearl S. Buck International hosted an opening reception for the “Building on the Dream: From Africa to Bucks County” exhibit in the Pearl S. Buck International Exhibit Gallery, 520 Dublin Road, Hilltown.
The exhibit was developed in collaboration with the African American Museum of Bucks County.
Visitors to the exhibit found themselves greeted by a Marcus Garvey quote: “A people without knowledge of their past history, origin, and culture is like a tree without roots.”
This is something Pearl S. Buck International hopes the exhibit will play a role in remedying.
During remarks by Laura Lomax, Vice President of Programs at Pearl S. Buck International, she stated, “Building on the Dream: From Africa to Bucks County tells a story that is not well known, about the history of African Americans in Bucks County, starting with the chapter about the glory of ancient Africa.”
The exhibit is a visceral, tangible experience, she explained. “We invite visitors to come to our Welcome Center and take it all in… the artifacts from the Massai, Mali, and Nigeria, the sound of slaves being sold at the auction block.”
Ms. Lomax added that the exhibit not only celebrates the achievements of well-known African Americans, it also educates visitors on local civil rights activists, the “hidden figures of Bucks County, including Pearl S. Buck. We offer an experience of African American history right in Bucks County.”
Highlights of the exhibit include:
*A timeline of events in African American history in Pennsylvania, including a memorial list of African Americans who were registered as slaves in Bucks County in the 18th and 19th centuries;
*The history of the Underground Railroad in Bucks County and the role of Bucks County AME churches in helping African Americans transition from slavery to freedom;
*Display of African artifacts and African American quilts;
*Information on notable 20th century African Americans of Bucks County, and more.
“Building on the Dream: From Africa to Bucks County” is complimentary and available to the public through December 2019.
For more information and exhibit hours visit www.pearlsbuck.org/exhibits.