Season's Greetings The AAMHC@LM

Sharing Our Blessings at Christmas Time

A Season For Giving

The Planning Board of The African American Museum of History and Culture at Loray Mill would like to thank you, for supporting our efforts to inform, empower, and enjoy the artifacts, programs, and online collaborations this year.

We are grateful to our sponsors, donors, and friends that have traveled with us through this difficult year. When we closed our doors in March, due to the pandemic, we did so hoping that our dreams for the museum would not be shattered.

You did not forget us! You read our grant proposals, you fulfilled your pledges, and kept us going. With such trustful and strong support, you motivated us to continue the journey.

Celebrating Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa is a Swahili word that means "first fruits of the harvest" and is an African American celebration of life from December 26, to January 1.

Kwanzaa is not a religious holiday and cannot replace Christmas. Please refer to the link provided in this newsletter.

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G. R. A. B. a Book Reading Program

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"I read aimlessly, until I learned to read selectively, with a purpose." Malcolm X

Local Author Jennifer Davis Talks About Her Book

The African American Museum of History and Culture at Loray Mill held its first virtual Authors’ Day program on Wed., Nov. 4, the day after the historic election of 2020. (To the credit of all persons present, concern over the pending election results did not interfere with the program presentation.) Jennifer Davis was the guest author who told about the book she wrote, five years after the suicide of her son, Sean. The title of her book was A Faith Greater Than Grief. Ms. Davis is an author who is also an accomplished speaker. She makes you feel as though she is a friend you have known for years. As she told the story of her son, his struggle with depression and the frustration felt by his family trying to help him --all program participants were greatly moved. Jennifer said the Lord called her to write the book, to further process her grief, to raise awareness of community mental health needs, and to memorialize Sean, an exceptional individual who was highly regarded by so many and so beloved by his family.

In concluding her talk about her book, Jennifer made the surprising announcement that she wrote the book but has not read it. She published it in 2014 and has been ready by many---but she so far has not been ready to read it.

Jennifer responded to several questions and comments after her presentation. She initially had spoken of her early love of reading and her efforts to get books as a child, despite, as a person of color, not being admitted to the public library.

Curator Dot Guthrie Gives Brandon Bellamy, Baseball's Only Black Majority Owner of a Professional Team a Tour of Museum

Let's Play Ball!

The museum was thrilled to have Brandon Bellamy visit in November. To support the team and drum up team spirit, the museum will sponsor a Summer Reading Program using as a theme: "The F. U. S. E." Summer Reading Program. Stay tuned for additional information.

The pandemic did not prevent interest and promotion of the museum. Ron G. Byers, a resident at Loray Mill Lofts, shares news about the museum with co-workers at EATON Corporation in Cleveland County, NC.

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North Carolina African American Heritage Commission

The North Carolina African American Heritage Commission has revealed some very interesting information related to the Green Book Project. In this revelation, the museum discovered information about Union Square and Dot's Grill and Rooming House.

As we continue to discover Gaston County's African American Roots, more research is needed by those familiar with the geographic region. Your help with this Oral History is greatly appreciated.

Charlie Pearson, of Pearson Properties, Inc., Shows Several Paintings That He Donated To The Museum. All five of the paintings will be on display in February.

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A Walk Through - Identify The Geographic Locations and Landmarks In Gaston County. How Many Did You Get Right?

Can You Identify The Photos Listed Below? The Answers Will Be Provided In January.

December Programs Via Zoom

December 9

The Honest-to-Goodness Truth by Patricia McKissack,

Reesie Gary

December 16

Black Panther – Comics

A Look at the life of Chadwick Boseman

Simon Donoghue, Theatre

Belmont Abbey College

December 23

The Little Match Girl

Jerry Pinkney

The All I’ll Ever Want Christmas Doll Patricia McKissack

Torben and Terronna Ross,

Husband and Wife Team

December 30

Seven Days of Kwanzaa by Ella Grier

Kim George, Director Gaston Arts Council


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The African American Museum of History and Culture - Loray Mill

Post Office Box 721

Gastonia, North Carolina 28053

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