Press Release

HLGU Hosts Hannibal African American History Exhibit

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
by Rebecca Sneed

Hannibal-LaGrange University is proud to host part of the Hannibal African American History Exhibit in the Roland Library.

"The exhibit chronicles the life, achievements, accomplishments and contributions of its Black educators, business men and women, religious, civic and community groups that provided the life blood to African Americans in Hannibal and northeastern Missouri," said Hannibal native Faye Dant, Executive Director of the Hannibal African American Life and History Project.

Photographs, newspaper clippings, furniture, clothing, and other artifacts create a rich exhibit that depicts what African American life was like in Hannibal from slavery to the late 1950s.

"We're very pleased to have on display the Hannibal African American History Exhibit. We're privileged to have such important historical documents to share with our students," said Julie Andresen, Library Director.

The temporary display will be found in the Roland Library until June, at the earliest. At this time, it is tentatively scheduled to move to downtown Hannibal in the Mark Twain Historic District as part of a grand re-opening just in time for the 2013 Hannibal Juneteenth Celebration.

The community is welcome to view the exhibit during the normal operating hours of the Roland Library, Monday-Friday, 7:30 am to midnight, and Saturday, noon to 5 pm.

For more information on the exhibit, contact Faye Dant at 217-617-1507, or via email at fayedant@gmail.com.

Contact Information

Carolyn Carpenter
Director of Public Relations