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Art exhibition preserving black history in Angelina Co.

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Images of families, churches and historic leaders, captured during the Civil Rights Movement hang on display in the hallways of the Museum of East Texas.

Museum officials say the "Look to the Past, Reflect on the Future" exhibition illustrates the lives of African Americans to educate many on the past and pay tribute to previous generations.

"These photographs represent America specifically Lufkin and Angelina County," said J.P. McDonald, Executive Director, Museum of East Texas.

 2013 represents the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the 100th birthday of Rosa Parks and the 50th anniversary of the "I Have a Dream" speech by Martin Luther King Jr.

Museum Executive Director J.P. McDonald says the 15 local images that are featured will help the community identify with these groundbreaking moments in American History.

"Its very important for our children and their children one day," said McDonald.

Currently the museum is in the early stages of a long range black history project.

 Officials say they've partnered with Lufkin native Holly Henderson to focus on the lives of local people.

 "It includes oral history, photographs and videos of African American people in Lufkin," said McDonald.

While the photographs are local many are not identified, and they need the public's help.

Museum officials believe identifying the subjects in the photos will help preserve the past and enrich the future.

The opening reception for the exhibit is March 10th there will be various speakers and performances.

The exhibit will be on display until May.

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