Gregg County Historical Museum Exhibit Features Stories of Black East Texans | Local News

An exhibit celebrating the lives of Black East Texans who have made significant contributions to the community, state, nation and world is on display at the Gregg County Historical Museum to celebrate History Month blacks.

“Stories of Travel: A Celebration of Black History, Life and Culture” will remain on display until March 26.

Executive director Lindsay Loy said the exhibit features 16 people from Longview or elsewhere in East Texas who are significant for their contributions to everything from sports and music to business and medicine.

Each exhibit features photos and a biography of the subject as well as donated objects that represent their life.

Arthur (AZ) Brown was one of the first black recruits to serve in the US Marine Corps. Trained at Montford Point in North Carolina, he and other Black Marines eventually helped end the Army’s longstanding racial segregation policy. After World War II and college, Brown returned to East Texas and taught at Longview ISD and worked for R. G. LeTourneau, Inc.

Brown’s exhibit includes the Congressional Gold Medal he received for his service as a sailor from Montford Point.

Michael Wilburn, who was one of the first black students to join Longview ISD, is also a leading researcher in the study and treatment of sickle cell anemia. Wilburn holds two patents for a drug used to combat the inherited blood disorder that affects approximately 70,000 to 100,000 Americans.

Wilburn will join several others featured in the exhibit for a series of free lectures at the museum on February 26. The half-hour lectures will start at 10:00 a.m. and end at 2:00 p.m.

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Tuesday to Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Admission is $5 for adults, $1 for children (under 4s admitted free), and $2 for seniors.

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Patrick F. Williams