Memphis church transformed into black history museum - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis church transformed into black history museum

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC-TV) - A Memphis church was transformed into a museum Saturday in honor of Black History Month. 
 
Members of Greater Louis Street Missionary Baptist Church gathered historic artifacts from their personal collections to create the Black History Museum in the church halls.

Items from entertainers, activists and others traced the history of African Americans and highlighted their struggle for freedom and equality. 

"And the thing that we really wanted to emphasize is that we have truly come this far by faith, and that our history is a part of American history," said church member Oree Miller. 

Pastor Myron McDonald says he hopes the museum will give younger generations a greater appreciation for the the hardships their ancestors endured. "And to help them garner an appreciation for what has happened. The suffering that has gone on, how our ancestors really struggled to make it, and actually to give them the blessings that they now enjoy."

Organizers put out the request for artifacts, and say they were astounded by how large the collection grew.   
 

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