Family Heritage House Museum to Feature African-American and Latin American Exhibit

(Bradenton, Fla., March 19, 2010) — An exhibit of African-American sports photographs and Latin American art will be on display at the Family Heritage House Museum at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF). A reception will be held at 5- 7 p.m., Wed., March 24, at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. West. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

The exhibit, “Latin Art, Passion & Identity,” features a variety of artwork by Puerto Rican artists including oil, watercolor, abstract and portraits. Alma L. Vega, an art curator and Puerto Rican native, will be present at the reception to discuss the exhibit, which is on loan from ArtCenter Sarasota.

The portion of the exhibit on African American sports titled, “From Obscurity to Excellence,” chronicles the accomplishments of the Negro League baseball players and the transition to playing in the major leagues.

Also featured in the exhibit is former Pittsburgh Pirates right fielder Roberto Clemente, the first Latin American player elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Clemente, a Puerto Rican native, was killed in a plane accident while attempting to deliver food, clothing and medical supplies to Nicaragua following an earthquake in 1972. A brief video about his story will be shown at the reception.

The exhibit will be on display until April 15. Museum hours are 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday by appointment. For more information, call the Family Heritage House Museum at 941-752-5319 or e-mail

The Family Heritage House Museum is located on the south side of the SCF Bradenton Library near the 60th Avenue West entrance. Maps and directions are online at

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