News Release 015

Black History Month observed at Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site

Volume 39-015 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

To commemorate Black History Month, Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site in Florida will offer a special exhibit and movie throughout the month of February. The exhibit will be available at the site from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and the movie will be held at 1 p.m. on Feb. 11, 18 and 25. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, the exhibit and movie are free and open to the public.

The traveling exhibit, “Inherently Unequal; Segregated Education in Central Missouri,” outlines the obstacles of segregation in school systems that offered separate but not equal facilities and educational opportunities. The exhibit was developed by the Missouri State Museum in cooperation with William Woods University.

The Disney movie, “Ruby Bridges,” tells the true story of a six-year-old girl who was the first African-American student to integrate her local New Orleans elementary school. The movie follows her journey as she is subjected to racism for the first time and her heroic struggle for a better education.

Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site is located at 37352 Shrine Road within Mark Twain State Park near Stoutsville. For more information on the exhibit and movie, contact the site at 573-565-3449. For information on Missouri state parks and historic sites, visit Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.