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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release June 3, 2009

Contact: Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515) 281-3858

WHTC explores African American history in Iowa

African American Historical Museum of Iowa lecture series visits Council Bluffs June 12

(COUNCIL BLUFFS) – The Western Historic Trails Center will explore African American history in Iowa next week as part of a lecture series presented by the African American Historical Museum of Iowa.

With support from the Iowa West Foundation, Hemie Collier of the African American Historical Museum of Iowa will present “Buxton: Iowa’s Black Utopia” at noon, Friday, June 12, 2009, at WHTC, 3434 Downing Avenue in Council Bluffs. The public is invited to bring a lunch to the free lecture. Call 712-366-4900 for more information.

The lecture, part of the African American Historical Museum of Iowa’s six-part “Experiencing Black Iowa Lecture Series,” is designed to engage southwestern Iowa in the heritage of African American history in Iowa. The series will cover several topics such as agriculture, athletics and military.

Collier is the Central/Western Iowa Coordinator for the African American Historical Museum of Iowa. He is a 2007 graduate of Luther College with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Africana Studies.

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