Artist Jacob Lawrence created a series of paintings depicting The Great Migration of Black people from the South to northern industrial cities including St. Louis. This image was used in a book called “The Great Migration.” A Feb. 11 event at the Missouri History Museum will include discussion of the early 20th century movement of African Americans north.

This post was originally published on St. Louis American

The Missouri History Museum is celebrating Black History Month with a range of programs throughout February.

Cicely Hunter, Missouri Historical Society public historian of the African American History Initiative, said the museum highlights diversity year-round, but especially during Black History Month and Juneteenth.

We have a series of different events on Tuesdays and on Thursdays,” Hunter told

“We’ll have the ‘#1 Civil Rights Exhibit and Beyond’. We’ll also have ‘Movement and Migration’. It is focusing on the early period, post-Civil War time frame.”

Hunter said the museum is “Really spotlighting the importance of Black history told from Black perspectives and narratives [so] we can build that equitable future.”

Hunter said financial support for the museum is vital, she wants the community to be curious and connected.

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