Indiana Black Expo in the 1970's
Black Odyssey

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Collection IBE Event Guides
Copyright Indiana Black Expo, Inc.
Date of photo 1973/ /
Description Director Rev. Luther C. Hicks Looks over old hisotrical documents printed in 1851.

Indiana's first Black Museum was located at 1043 North Park in Indianapolis. The museum was small but important with a poetic name, Black Odyssey. Financed by the United Methodist Church Board of Missions, and Rev. Luther C. Hicks; who was a former IBE president and director of the museum stated the purpose of offering Indiana citizens "a journey through the Afro-American" experience from then to now". "Then" is the arrival of blacks as slaves on the American; "now" is H. Rap Brown, Stokely Carmichael, Angela Davis and "an end to fear".
Rev. Hicks began this work in World War II collecting data on blacks in the military. His collection expanded from the military, which included Winslow Hamer etchings of black soldiers in the Civil War, to old minstrel song sheets, sketches of black cowboys by Frederic Remington, and doucmentary materials with displays of such inventors as Charles Drew, the creator of the blood bank.
The entire collection was open to the public Tuesday through Sunday, from 1:00p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Object ID 2005.5.30.2
Object Name Digital, Photographic
People Hicks, Luther
Place 1403 North Park, Indianapolis, IN
Provenance Indiana Black Expo, Inc.
Search Terms Black Odyssey Museum
Black History
Subjects African Americans
Title Black Odyssey

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