Citiparks Celebrates Black History Month with Tribute to Generations of African American Steelworkers

An exhibit celebrating Black History Month will be displayed in the lobby of the City-County Building in downtown Pittsburgh beginning on the evening of Monday, February 7, and continuing weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday, February 25.

"The Strength of Steel: A Tribute to African American Steelworkers in Pittsburgh" will feature photographs and other memorabilia honoring the generations who helped to transform Pittsburgh into the "Steel City."

This introduction to the industrial and cultural heritage of southwestern Pennsylvania will include artifacts on loan from Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area, Tony Buba of Braddock Films and other exhibit supporters.

"The City-County Building lobby will serve as the setting for a magnificent collection of artifacts honoring individuals who bravely took on some of the area's toughest, dirtiest and most dangerous jobs," said Mayor Luke Ravenstahl. "The City's 2011 Black History Month exhibit pays tribute to the generations of hard-working African American men and women who faced incredible obstacles while making tremendous contributions to the region's economy."

The public is invited to attend the exhibit's opening reception on Monday, February 7, between 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

The ceremony in the City-County Building lobby will include remarks by individuals involved with the City's Black History Month celebration including Fred Redmond of United Steelworkers and retired Judge Livingstone Johnson, whose family includes generations of local steelworkers.

For more information, call Citiparks at 412-255-8976

The 2011 celebration of Black History Month is presented by Citiparks and is sponsored by United Steelworkers, 96.1 KISS FM, Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area and Penn Brewery.


Saturday, February 5, 2011


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