For release: September 2, 2010
For press information, contact Rachael South, 901-785-3160
The C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa will premiere its new exhibit “The African-American
Cultural Heritage in Southwest Memphis” on Saturday, Sept. 11. The opening reception
and program will be held from noon to 2 p.m. There is no charge to attend the reception
or view the exhibit that day.
The exhibit was created by nine high school students living in the 38109 Zip code
area of southwest Memphis. Over a five-week period this summer, the students participated
in a variety of activities as they prepared to create and install the exhibit. By
visiting five area museums, including the National Civil Rights Museum, the students
learned about the care and preservation of artifacts and the mechanics of exhibit
creation. They also conducted research for the exhibit at the McWherter Library and
consulted with professors at the University of Memphis.
The multi-media exhibit also draws on more than 30 hours of video interviews the students
conducted with area residents and community leaders. “We are excited to have an exhibit
created by the youth from the community surrounding Chucalissa displayed at the C.H.
Nash Museum,” said Dr. Robert Connolly, museum director.
The student participants all live in southwest Memphis and were selected from more
than 35 applicants who wrote an essay on “Why Knowing About the African-American Cultural
Heritage in My Neighborhood is Important.”
The project is organized through a partnership of the C.H. Nash Museum and the Westwood-Indian
Neighborhood Development. It is supported by Strengthening Communities grants that
are funded by The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, the United Way of the Mid-South,
and the University of Memphis Research Foundation. The program is managed and administered
by the U of M’s School for Urban Affairs and Public Policy.
Operated by the University of Memphis, the C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa serves as
a gateway to understanding the science of archaeology and the interpretation of Native
American and traditional cultures of the region. Chucalissa is located at 1987 Indian
Village Drive in southwest Memphis.
For more information, contact Rachael South by phone at 901-785-3160, ext. 12, or
via email at firstname.lastname@example.org