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Mosaic Templars Cultural Center - Thursday, January 22, 2015

Dear Friends & Supporters,

On Sept. 19, 2008, the doors of Arkansas's museum of African American history and culture opened to the world, beginning an odyssey of collecting, preserving, interpreting and celebrating black history and culture in Arkansas from 1870 to the present, particularly in the areas of business, politics and the arts.
As the state's only publicly funded museum dedicated to African American culture and community, we proudly uphold our ambitious mission and work hard each day to carry it out. The story of the Mosaic Templars of America--which this museum preserves--deserves to be told again and again to honor and inspire the entrepreneurial legacy of its founders, former slaves John E. Bush and Chester Keatts. The story of a people's triumph over an oppressive Jim Crow South, lynchings, and segregation deserves to be remembered. The story of the indomitable spirit of African Americans who created thriving communities, beautiful music, vibrant art, successful businesses and became agents of change needs to be reiterated over and over again. This is why we are here.
Through our thought-provoking permanent and temporary exhibits, comprehensive educational outreach and activities, as well as appealing public programs which seek to engage all, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center strives to be a prominent "Third Place" in the community where people are welcome to come often, are celebrated when they do and missed when they do not, where they can safely learn and laugh; a place where community members can be nurtured, supported and restored.

Be sure to keep up with us by signing up for our e-blast updates, regularly visiting our website and by following us on social media. As we continue to travel this journey -- having literally risen from the ashes -- please know that MTCC is where history lives, today is celebrated and the future beckons...
Yours in service,

Sericia Cole

Executive Director

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center

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