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Thursday February 13, 2020

Did you know that Martinsville – Henry County is home to six museums plus several exciting exhibits?  These museums and galleries will encourage your mind to wonder into your past and spark your creativity.

In this series, we will let you in on a few secrets and lesser-known facts about some of these award-winning facilities and inspire you to rediscover our museums.

Fayette Area Historical Initiative African American Museum and Cultural Center was created to collect, preserve and interpret African American experiences and community life in Martinsville/Henry County. This is achieved with the use of displays and exhibits to highlight history and culture.

Exhibits showcase more than 100 years of African American history on Fayette Street. The exhibits, "Walking down the street what do you see?" and "Where we were...where are we today?" show 2 miles of road along Fayette St. While traveling the 2-mile stretch, you will see black owned businesses, doctor's offices, retail stores and historic buildings.

See black history exhibits on the local as well as the national level. Photo displays of events, educators, doctors, businesses and churches are all here. Stop in today, you may see some familiar faces. So, to jump right in, below you will find some behind-the-scenes information/lesser known facts: 

  • FAHI offers free admission
  • Michelle Obama’s family tree is displayed at the museum. The first lady’s family has deep roots in MHC.
  • FAHI is located in the Historical Imperial Savings Building. Founded in 1929, Imperial has a rich and enduring history that included uninterrupted service to its clients through both the Depression and the S&L crisis.
  • FAHI displays records/pictures of the graduating classes of Albert Harris and George Washington Carver schools in their last years of being labeled high schools in our area.
  • FAHI holds an annual June German Ball / Juneteenth Celebration each year. There is music, dancing, games, food, vendors, local authors, prizes, and much more.

 Upcoming Events/New Exhibits:

02.28.20 – Lunch plate fundraiser for FAHI held at Horsepasture Ruritan Club 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

03.28.20 - FAHI Fashion Show held at Spencer Penn Centre at 4 p.m.

 Hours of Operation:

Tuesday – Thursday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Other days by appointment only

For more information on FAHI, please visit our website www.visitmartinsville.com Be sure to tag us on Facebook during your visits to the area museums using #VisitMartinsville.

Tags: Art, FAHI, History, Martinsville, Martinsville Uptown, Museums