‘Black History Highlights of Southwest Washington’ exhibit opens Feb. 18

The Vancouver National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) 1139 and the Clark County Historical Museum (CCHM) will present a new outdoor exhibit, “Black History Highlights of Southwest Washington,” at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18, at the museum, 1511 Main St., Vancouver.

Created by local historian and artist Claudia Carter, the Black history exhibit celebrates the vital contributions and stories of Southwest Washington’s Black community. The timeline explores the Black history of Clark County and Washington from early explorers to World War II to the present.

“The NAACP Vancouver branch is excited to partner with the Clark County Historical Museum for the ‘Black History Highlights of Southwest Washington’ exhibit,” NAACP Vancouver Branch president Jasmine Tolbert stated in a news release. “Systemic racism in Clark County and all over this country has made it so Black History and narratives have not always been told. I’m grateful for the Clark County Historical Museum’s time and commitment to telling all of the history in Clark County.”

The exhibit, which was made possible through the generous time, knowledge and funding of the Vancouver NAACP, will be open through 2024.

The Black history exhibit is based on the timeline originally composed for the exhibit, “The Lost Ark of African American Art, History & Experience in Vancouver and the Northwest,” held annually at the Fort Vancouver Regional Library since February 2018.