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Black History Open House With Raymond Townes: Notable African-Americans

This Middletown resident has been the driving force behind this extensive collection of information, including a working traffic light invented by Garrett A. Morgan.

Middletown resident Raymond Townes / Middletown Eye Courtesy Photo
Middletown resident Raymond Townes / Middletown Eye Courtesy Photo

Middletown Public Schools' Keigwin Middle School will hold a Black History Open House on Tuesday, February 4th from 1:30 to 7:00 PM.

Featured will be an extensive collection of materials about African-Americans in our society that have been catalogued and posted on the walls and bulletin boards of the school. Certain areas have a particular topic illustrating the past and recent accomplishments and historic events related to African-Americans. 

Middletown resident Raymond Townes has been the driving force behind this extensive collection of information, and he has been cited for his contributions by both government officials and community organizations. 

Some of the topics in this collection include bibliographic information, historical works, artistic and musical contributions, displays, scientific materials, inventions, sports, entertainment, and political events. 

The centerpiece of the collection is located on the ground floor of the school. It is a working traffic light, which was invented by Garrett A. Morgan, an African American.

Students at Keigwin have been studying the Civil Rights Movement and the life of Dr. Martin Luther King. They will continue their learning by reviewing and responding to the exhibit at our school this month.

The Keigwin staff and Mr. Townes would like to invite members of our community to visit the school and to view this intellectual, political, military, scientific and educational display.

On Tuesday, February 4th, from 1:30 to 7:00 P.M., Keigwin Middle School will be open in for a visit by the general public. Mr. Townes will be on site to showcase his collection and to answer any questions that visitors may have. 

Abrochure indicating the location for each topic will be made available to those visiting the exhibit, and a scavenger hunt activity sheet, created by the Keigwin Student Council, will be offered for families to complete together.

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