History of African Americans in Nevada Legislature to be on display

The history of African-Americans elected as Nevada assemblymen and senators will be on display Feb. 22 in the foyer of the Nevada State Legislature Building.

“We seek to honor their legacy,” Demetrice Dalton, artist designing the exhibit, said in a media release. “Although many of these individuals are from Southern Nevada, once they serve in Carson City, their actions and service affect all Nevadans.”

Our Story, Inc., has chronicled the many contributions of African Americans to Northern Nevada starting in the 1840s. From early explorers, to the official placement of the Truckee River on U.S. maps; from the wealthiest rancher in Douglas County to entrepreneurs of the 20th and 21st centuries; from artists, dancers and musicians to teachers, political activists and just down-to-earth-folk, the stories of African American Nevadans has enriched the fabric of life in the state, the release said.

The exhibit will also feature a glimpse of the work of Charles Adams, Carson City photographer whose moniker “Photographer to the Stars” captured many familiar images of stage, screen and politics in very personal ways.

The exhibit may be viewed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22. It is free and open to the public.


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