Celebrating Black History Month

In celebration of Black History Month the City of Lancaster will host a series of events and vote on a City Council resolution to honor the contributions and heritage of the African American community in Lancaster City.

City Council will vote on an annual resolution to honor Black History Month at the first regular meeting of City Council in February on Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in City Hall Council Chambers, 120 N. Duke St.

Lancaster Public Art will host the exhibit “For the Culture: A Celebration of Black History Month” in the City Hall Gallery throughout February. “For the Culture” centers on the work and artistic depiction of Black women. An opening reception of the exhibit will be held Friday, Feb. 1 at the City Hall Gallery, 120 N. Duke St., from 5 to 8 p.m. A special program featuring live performances, a reading of the annual City Council resolution honoring Black History Month, and light food will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

The Lancaster City Visitor Center, 38 Penn Square, will host “The Road to Freedom Takes Many Paths – African American Heritage in Lancaster County” exhibit in their second-floor gallery space. The exhibit, curated by the African-American Historical Society of South Central Pennsylvania, will be open to the public on Market days; Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. An opening reception of the exhibit will take place on Feb. 1 from 12 to 1 p.m.

The African-American Historical Society will also host training sessions for new African American Heritage Walking tour guides on Feb. 2, 9, 16, and 23, in the Lancaster City Visitor Center. Sessions will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 12 p.m. Those interested in the training program should contact Debbie Smith at aahsconductor@gmail.com or 717-393-8553, or Dr. Leroy Hopkins at 717-224-7030. People of all ages (high schoolers to seniors) and backgrounds are welcome to participate and become tour conductors. Click here for more information.