The Key West Museum of Art & History’s ‘Bahama Village: Relics of a Fading Community’ Exhibition to Close May 21
May 8, 2023 – (KEY WEST, FL). Visitors to the Key West Museum of Art & History have just a few more days to visit the exhibition “Bahama Village: Relics of a Fading Community” that features a collection of objects related to Key West’s historically Black neighborhood. The exhibition in the museum’s Bryan Gallery runs through Sunday, May 21.
“The response to the Bahama Village exhibit has been extraordinary, and it’s only been possible thanks to our incredible visitors, supporters, donors, and partners,” said Key West Art & Historical Society curator and historian Cori Convertito. “Living with the artifacts, images, and stories of Bahama Village in the museum gallery, one cannot help but be both moved and stirred by the influences and impacts of our own Black community.”
Never-before-on-view objects include a football helmet and shoulder pads from Frederick Douglass School, musical instruments from the estate of William McKinzie, a nineteenth century Sanchez family bible, and a suit once belonging to illustrious local musician Coffee Butler. These items, along with several others, tell the inspiring history, culture, and roles of the Black residents.
“While the exhibition was intended to be a temporary installation, we are hopeful that the narrative and many of the objects will ultimately find a permanent home in Bahama Village,” says Convertito. “In the interim, we are exploring ways to make the exhibition and educational resources available on the internet. These online resources will be a superb asset for researchers wanting to discover more about Key West and the contributions of its Black population.”
The Key West Museum of Art & History is located at 281 Front Street and is open every day from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. “Bahama Village: Relics of a Fading Community” is made possible by a select group of sponsors and supporters: the Florida Humanities, the Florida Department of State: Division of Arts and Culture, and the Helmerich Trust. For more information, contact Cori Convertito, Ph.D. at 305-295-6616 x507 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Your Museums. Your Community. It takes an Island.
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