City of Bartlesville

Posted: Feb 08, 2019 2:28 PMUpdated: Feb 08, 2019 2:28 PM

History Museum to Host Black History Program

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Garrett Giles

In conjunction with Black History Month, the Bartlesville Area History Museum will host a special program celebrating the triumphs of African Americans.


In 1976, President Gerald Ford decreed a National observance of “Black History Month” in order to honor the contributions of African Americans to the history of the United States of America. Examples of these citizens include Sarah Breedlove, also known as Madam C. J. Walker, America’s first black woman to become a self-made millionaire through her successful line of hair care products, and George Washington Carver, a prominent American scientist and inventor in the early 1900s invented nearly 300 products from the peanut.

African American history is full of successful stories, and since its founding, Bartlesville has had, — and continues to have — African American citizens who have contributed to the communities’ successes and notable endeavors in Oklahoma.

The BAHM event will feature two of those citizens, special guests Sharon Reese, executive director of Bartlesville’s Westside Community Center, and well-known citizen Bettye Williams, active throughout the community for many years. Each will contribute to the presentation with BAHM's Education Coordinator Betty Keim on the subject of Black History during the program.

The program is set to start at noon and will last until 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 28 at the museum, located at 401 S. Johnstone Ave.

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