of History and Culture at Loray Mill

Happy New Year!

After a very challenging and difficult year for everyone, we can finally welcome in a new year with hope and anticipation. With hope, excitement, and faith, that life will return to normal soon.

We appreciate each of you for the support, and confidence that you've shown to the museum as we continue to share the history of a people that believed in freedom and justice for all.

The African American Museum of History and Culture Planning Board.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day - January 18, 2021. Celebrating the Man With a Dream

In addition to celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day, one may wish to share with young people how and what people do to show love, care, and compassion for others. Please don't miss the opportunity to show others that you care and offer your best in serving others.

The African American Museum would like to help young people understand the connection between Dr. King and The Coretta Scott King Book Awards. We want to thank The Gaston Board of Commission, The Gastonia City Council, and Gaston County Schools for issuing proclamations recognizing Coretta Scott King Book Awards Literature Week in 2020.

Take advantage of Online Literacy activities by using the link below.

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Presenting Book Awards Winner - Kelly Starlings Lyons

Wednesday, Feb. 3rd, 10-11am

This is an online event.

The African American Museum of History and Culture at Loray Mill invites you to join The G. R. A. B. a Book Program at 10 am, featuring Mrs. Kelly Starlings Lyons. You don't want to miss this award-winning author sharing one of her books that poet James Weldon Johnson and brother J Rosamond would applaud today - Sing-a-Song: How Lift Every Voice Inspired Generations.

Join James Garvin and Dot Guthrie on Sunday afternoon at 2pm, for a special program spotlighting Black History Month.

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2021 Black History Month Theme: "The Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity"

Sunday, Feb. 21st, 2pm

This is an online event.

Program Outline

Dr. Benjamin Hinton, Sr. Pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Gastonia, NC, will pay tribute to the late Congressman John Lewis by reading the book entitled, "Preaching to the Chickens." John Lewis was born on February 21, 1940.

Gaston County Schools will introduce a new partnership program, offering groups in the community to join. The program will offer support to families in the evening hours.

Award-winning author Tonya Bolden will talk about Civil Rights. She is a great non-fiction writer..

Virtual Fundraising for the Museum

Fundraising for the museum has changed this year due to the pandemic. If you wish to donate, please respond to the email that you will receive from the Museum Fundraising Committee. Also, you may go online and donate by clicking the donation button.
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Bedtime Stories With Terronna and Torben - A Special Program Supporting NCTE

The African American Museum of History and Culture at Loray Mill will sponsor Bedtime Stories with Torben and Terronna Ross on Tuesday, February 28 at 7 pm.

Put on your pajamas, grab your milk, and log on for several stories read by these educators and leaders in Gaston County Schools.

The program is part of a National celebration sponsored by National Council of Teachers of English Read-In.

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A Street Named Davie

Sunday, Feb. 28th, 4pm

This is an online event.

Have you ever wondered how streets get their name? Think a street is named after some famous nationally known person? Some streets are named after trees or a certain section of town such as Main St.

A street was named after Claude Davie, an African American who did not meet the above criteria, living in Gastonia, North Carolina in the 1940s.

The Davie family would love to share how Davie Street came to be and their continued community involvement in the neighborhood known as the “ Victory” in Gastonia, NC.

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Special thanks to our sponsors.

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