BLACK HISTORY MONTH -- City of Pittsburgh Celebrates with Tribute to Early Life in Pittsburgh

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 Tuesday, February 5, and continuing weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Thursday, February 28.  

“Enslavement & Freedom: Early African-American Life in Pittsburgh” will feature 37 artifacts from Africa and Pittsburgh, both pre- and post-slavery, including documentation from the first-ever Black bank in Pittsburgh, authentic slave shackles, the 1840 U.S. census, a 10’x 8’ handwoven kente cloth and a 600-year-old drinking vessel.

The public is invited to attend the exhibit’s opening reception on Tuesday, February 5, between 6 – 8 p.m. 

The ceremony in the City-County Building lobby will include remarks by Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto and others involved with the City’s Black History Month celebration.

Serving as keynote speaker will be John L. Ford, a historian with 55 years of procuring African and African-American History. The Pittsburgh native with roots in Charlottesville, Va., is retired director of the Heinz History Center’s Education Division. He served as a consultant and commentator for the nationally released movie documentary about slavery and the Underground Railroad called "Safe Harbor."

For more information or call the Office of Special Events at 412-255-2493.