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Black History Panels Inform

NAACP and Clark County sponsor new exhibit

The Clark County Historical Museum in Vancouver in conjunction with the Vancouver NAACP showcase a new exhibit on the grounds showing a timeline of Black history in Clark County and the state of Washington.

The Vancouver NAACP and Clark County Historical Museum are introducing a new outdoor exhibit highlighting Black History in Vancouver and southwest Washington on the grounds of the museum in downtown Vancouver.

“Black History Highlights of Southwest Washington,” created by local historian and artist, Claudia Carter, celebrates the vital contributions and stories of Southwest Washington’s Black community, exploring the Black history of the Vancouver area from early explorers to World War II to the present.

The Vancouver NAACP hopes the timeline from the exhibit, showing points of Black history in Clark County and the state of Washington, will help inspire our youth, educate our community, and celebrate the accomplishments of Black people from the area. The timeline shares just a few stories of the many Black people who have contributed to this place we all call home.

“The NAACP Vancouver branch is excited to partner with the Clark County Historical Museum for the “Black History Highlights of Southwest Washington" exhibit.” said NAACP Vancouver Branch president, Jasmine Tolbert, "Systemic racism in Clark County and all over this country has made it so Black History and narratives have not always been told, I’m grateful for the Clark County Historical Museums time and commitment to telling all of the history in Clark County.”

“Black History Highlights of Southwest Washington” will be open through 2024.

The exhibit was made possible through the generous time, knowledge, and funding of the Vancouver NAACP, based on the timeline originally composed for the exhibit, "The Lost Ark of African American Art, History & Experience in Vancouver and the Northwest," held annually at the Fort Vancouver Regional Library since February 2018.

The Vancouver NAACP Vancouver Branch was founded in 1945 and works to disrupt inequality, dismantle racism, and accelerate change in key areas including criminal justice, health care, education, climate, and the economy.

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