The Black American West Museum & Heritage Center was founded in 1971 by Paul W. Stewart. For the past 50 years, they have been sharing the story of the black cowboy. The mission of the Black American West Museum & Heritage Center is to share the knowledge of the significant role African Americans played in the settlement and growth of the west. After being closed for several years, the museum is re-opening with limited slots on Saturdays. To celebrate this, they are hosting the History and Music Festival on the Porch this Friday afternoon, 08/25/23 from 4 pm to 6 pm.
On Live and Local, I got the chance to speak with Daphne Rice-Allen, Chair of the Board of Directors for The Black American West Museum, and Heritage Center and two special guests: Larea Edward, artist and musician, and Lionel Young, musician, both of which are portraying local historical African American figures at this weekend’s event. Below is our interview with accompaniment from Lionel Young and his violin.