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February 2001

Release Date: February 20, 2001

Exhibit on Black Inventions Set for West Texas Collection

As part of Black History Month, the Dr. Ralph R. Chase West Texas Collection will host a reception Monday, Feb. 26, to open a display on "The Role of African American Inventors and Their Inventions in American Society" at Angelo State University.

The opening reception is scheduled 4:30-6:30 p.m. Monday in the West Texas Collection, now located on the second floor of the Houston Harte University Center. The reception and the display are open to the public free.

The exhibit will feature materials gleaned from the holdings of the West Texas Collection and the Porter Henderson Library.

Suzanne Campbell, head of the West Texas Collection, said the exhibit will illustrate how African Americans have touched the lives of all Americans through their ingenuity and their inventions.

She said the exhibit is part of the ongoing effort by the West Texas Collection to shed light on all aspects of history. This is the third year the West Texas Collection has done an exhibit for Black History Month.

Campbell said the annual exhibit has become one of the most popular of the collection's activities because it sheds light on an aspect of history that has not always been well documented in the past.

For more information on the reception and the exhibit, call the West Texas Collection at 325-942-2164.

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