Family Heritage House Museum to Feature "Black Florida: A Photographic History"

(Bradenton, Fla., May 5, 2010) — In celebration of the Family Heritage House Museum’s 20th anniversary and the opening of a new exhibit, “Black Florida: A Photographic History,” a reception will be held at 4-6 p.m., Saturday, May 22, at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. West. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

The exhibit documents the contributions of African-Americans in Florida from the Colonial era to civil rights era, covering the topics of slavery, anti-black violence, education, black Seminoles, the black church and blacks’ influence in developing Florida.

Developed by the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center with a grant from American Express, the exhibit is designed to raise awareness of the public about the cultural and historical contributions of African-Americans to the state of Florida.

Historian and author Dr. Marvin Dunn will give a lecture on his background, research and the exhibit at the reception. Dunn currently serves as a scholar in residence for Camillus House of Miami and historical researcher in Rosewood, Fla. Throughout his career, he has worked for change and social justice.

A retired assistant professor of psychology and former chairperson of the Department of Psychology at Florida International University, Dunn is the author of “Black Miami in the Twentieth Century,” published in 1997. In 1989, he was named Educator of the Year by the Florida Civil Rights Commission. Dunn earned a master’s degree in education administration and supervision in 1965 from Roosevelt University in Chicago and a doctorate in psychology from the University of Tennessee in 1972.

The exhibit will be on display until June 30. Museum hours are Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Saturday and evenings 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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