Massillon Museum to Host Sunday Community Dinner
The Massillon Museum will host a free Sunday community dinner, catered by Ed and Bert’s Smokehouse, this Sunday, September 18, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Reminiscent of after-church dinners from days gone by, the event will complement the Museum’s Missing History of Massillon: Unheard African American Stories exhibition.
Following the meal, former Museum board chair Heather Pennington will lead a panel discussion with community members—Sherry Jackson, Gloria Pope, Corey Redvine, LaToya Young, and Ke’Aunte Harris.
Missing History of Massillon: Unheard African American Stories features oral histories, archives, photographs, and artifacts celebrating the rich narrative of Massillon’s Black community. Some items in the exhibition are from the Museum’s permanent collections; some will be recent acquisitions gathered from the community throughout this project. The Marva L. Dodson CHARISMA Collection is featured, as is contemporary photography by Cleveland artist Amber N. Ford.
The exhibit is part of a larger project to increase MassMu’s representation of content and dialogue both reflecting and created by Massillon’s African American community.
The Fernandez Hillibish History Fund at Stark Community Foundation has provided funding for the dinner. Additional funding has been provided in part by Marathon Petroleum Company and by Arthur P. And Martha Q. Underhill through the Massillon Community Charitable Fund at Stark Community Foundation. Individual contributions by Martha MacLachlan, Ginger Green, Heather Pennington, and David Harding have also helped bring the project to fruition. Operating support is provided by ArtsinStark and the Ohio Arts Council, and marketing support by Visit Canton.
The Museum organized the Missing History of Massillon project in partnership with Sisterhood of Jewels Community Connections, Inc., A Wise Way, and numerous community members.
The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way East in downtown Massillon. A visit to the Massillon Museum is always free and everyone is welcome. For more information, call the Museum at 330-833-4061 or visit massillonmuseum.org.
Alexandra Nicholis Coon, Executive Director • 330.833.4061 x111
Margy Vogt, Public Relations Coordinator • 330.844.1525