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New Timeline Honors Local African Americans

A timeline of African American history that includes African Americans from Middletown and around the world is the latest exhibit to appear on the new 70-inch interactive touch screen at MidPointe Library’s Middletown location.

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Presented in an inviting, easy-to-read layout, the African American History Timeline features captivating facts and photographs about African Americans from the 1400s to 2010 in the city of Middletown, the state of Ohio and the United States.

The exhibit was originally created by the Middletown African American Heritage and Cultural Center and originally designed by local historian Sam Ashworth.

It was made possible by a generous grant from the Middletown Community Foundation in cooperation with the Middletown Historical Society.

Like a tablet or smartphone, the screen offers patrons a fast and easy way to view history. From the home screen they can touch the image of the exhibit they wish to display. Once inside the exhibit, they can enlarge or minimize its images with another touch. Patrons can return to the home screen by touching the “home” icon at the bottom left of the screen.

Currently the screen features two other exhibits, the “Welcome to Middletown” exhibit, a compilation of Middletown photographs from the 1940s through the 1960s, and a “sneak peak” at the upcoming Marion G. Warner Photograph collection about Monroe history from the 1910s and 1920s. That exhibit is made available courtesy of the Monroe Historical Society and will be accessible online this spring.

The touch screen is located on the south wall of MidPointe’s South Broad Street location in its Local History and Genealogy Gallery section. .