Things to do in Fort Wayne during Black History Month

You can decorate a quilt square at the Allen County Public Library, visit the African/African American Historical Society Museum and more.

Posted: Feb 6, 2019 6:51 PM
Updated: Feb 7, 2019 6:29 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - What does Black History Month mean to you? To some, it could mean celebrating black culture and history, to others it could symbolize bringing people of all backgrounds together. Whatever it means to you, you have the chance to express it at the Allen County Public Library.

"This is just a way to show your own creativity and also to make a statement about what Black History Month means to you and what you want to put out in the community and make your own statement," said Stephanny Smith, Community Engagement Manager.

No matter what age you are, you can decorate a quilt square in the teens department at the the Hessen Cassel branch and the Pontiac and Main branches.

"This one has a quote from Maya Angelou, Michelle Obama, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. but also quotes from K-pop bands and their speeches to the U.N. or people using phrases that really describe themselves," said Smith.

It's the first year the library has done a quilt project during Black History Month.

"It's what we call a passive program so it's not a certain day or time. You can just drop in whenever you're here do your square and then leave, or do a couple," said Smith.

So far there are over 50 decorated squares at the main branch and several more at the others. enough that there will probably be two quilts.

"You can come in anytime between now and the end of February, and make your square and at the end of the month they will be displaying them here in the teens department," said Smith.

Want to learn more about black history? By appointment only, you can visit the African and African American Historical Society Museum. The museum houses Fort Wayne's biggest public collection of African art and showcases the histories of black people in Allen County since 1809.

For more Black History Month events in Fort Wayne, click here.

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