MTCC, ESSE Purse Museum honor African American women in new exhibit

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center - Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center (MTCC) and ESSE Purse Museum are thrilled to announce a new collaborative exhibit, Reflections: Images and Objects from African American Women, 1891-1987, which opens at ESSE on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017. The temporary exhibit runs through Sunday, April 30, 2017, and is included in regular admission price.

In conjunction with Black History Month and Women’s History Month, Reflections honors and celebrates African American women in the late 19th and 20th centuries. The exhibit will view their lives through the lens of feminine material culture, fashion, ephemera, and photography. ESSE and MTCC hope visitors will reflect on the private and public spheres of every day life of African American women in Arkansas and beyond.

The artifacts on display represent the collections of MTCC, the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, and ESSE Purse Museum. The private collections of the Bernice Lamb McSwain family and Mary and Joshua Swift have also contributed to the making of this exhibit.

ESSE Purse Museum & Store is located at 1510 Main Street in Little Rock and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. General admission is $10 and student, senior (60+), and military admission is $8. Ask us about group rates. For more information, call (501) 916-9022 or visit

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