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February is Black History Month

The City of Pittsburgh has collaborated with the Toonseum to celebrate Black History Month. The exhibition entitled "Beyond the Funny Pages: The works of art and life captured in comics" is located in the lobby of the City-County Building and open from February 3-28, 2014 weekdays from 8:00am to 5:00pm. The free exhibit will feature artwork, photographs and other memorabilia to highlight the overwhelming contributions of three artists with ties to Pennsylvania. 

  • Orrin C. Evans born in Steelton was the first African American comic publisher.
  • Jackie Ormes raised in Monongahela was the first African American woman cartoonist.
  • Clarence Matthew Baker raised in Pittsburgh was a talented African American comic artist who crossed racial barriers and thrived in an era when comics and culture held strong prejudice against African American artists.

While in downtown Pittsburgh, visit the new exhibit "From Slavery to Freedom" at the Senator John Heinz History Center. The exhibit explores 250 years of African American history that begins in 18th century Africa, crosses the Atlantic Ocean on a recreated slave ship, and ends in 21st century Western Pennsylvania. The exhibit highlights the history of the Underground Railroad, the anti-slavery movement, and the modern struggle for freedom using artifacts, immersive museum settings, rare documents, interactive activities, and audio/video components. Visit the website for more information and museum hours.

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