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Monday, February 15 2016

In honor of Black History Month, the Black Archives Museum Hall of Fame will welcome two new inductees, Virginia Glass and Gary Wilkinson, this February.  The reception and induction will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 25, at the Black Archives Museum, 3406 Frederick Avenue.  The induction ceremony will take place at 5:30 p.m.  The Black Archives Museum Hall of Fame showcases the achievements and contributions of St. Joseph’s Black community members.

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The Black Archives Museum of the St. Joseph Museums features exhibits on many aspects of the African American experience in St. Joseph.  The Black Archives Museum committee members work with Museum staff to create new exhibits and programming for students.  The committee has been focused on renovating the exhibits and the first phase of that process has been completed.  Committee members also act as docents and they will be guiding high school student groups through the exhibits in February.  For the Archives Hall of Fame, a call for nominations from St. Joseph community residents is made.  Nominees must have had a significant and lasting positive impact on the St. Joseph community as a whole (economically, physically, spiritually, or intellectually).  New inductees are chosen by the Black Archives Museum committee members.  Jewell Robinson, the founder of the original Knea-Von Black Archives, and his wife Geraldine, were the first inductees.   In the following years, Helen and Ramadhan Washington, Earnestine Blakley, Jerry Cooper, Alonzo Weston, Joyce Starr, Dr. William and Lois Hedge, Rep. Martin T. and LaVell Rucker, Pastor Louis and Rev. Connie Monroe, Leo Blakley, Leechia Jones, Rev. James and Mrs. Cozetta Foster, Dorothy Blakley and Charles Triplett, and Rev. Robert and Kimberly Warren were inducted.  

As with previous inductees, Virginia Glass and Gary Wilkinson have given freely of the time and talents to benefit the St. Joseph community.  Virginia is a retired teacher and tireless advocate for education.  She has served as a board member of the YWCA and as President of the Teachers Credit Union and the Missouri State Teachers Association.  Gary Wilkinson has served as the Director of the East Side Human Resource Center as well serving on various community boards.  A former St. Joseph City Council member, Wilkinson was Deputy Mayor and the Chairperson of Finance, Parks, and Recreation committees.  

The public is cordially invited to the 2016 Black Archives Hall of Fame Induction on February 25.  It will be held at the Black Archives Museum, 3406 Frederick Ave., from 5 to 7 p.m., with the induction itself taking place at 5:30 p.m.  Admission is free.  Refreshments will be served.  Please call 816-232-8471 for more information or visit

Information provided by St. Joseph Museums Inc. [Website]

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