The Claremore Museum of History (MoH) will commemorate the one-year anniversary of its Black History exhibit. Community Black historian and Claremore MoH member Gerome Riley will host a discussion on the exhibit, preserving Black history in Claremore, and the importance of Freedmen status with Cherokee Nation.
This event will be held Saturday, June 18, from 4 – 6 p.m. at the Claremore Museum of History, located at 121 N. Weenonah Ave. The event is free to the public and seating will be provided
Artifacts celebrating Claremore’s Black History include memorabilia and an historical summary of Lincoln High School, Claremore’s all-Black school that operated for more than 50 years prior to integration. Visitors can also watch videos of William Snoddy, Jr., son of one of the first Black students to graduate from Claremore High School and Olympic qualifying track-and-field sprinter, interviews with local citizens on the importance of the exhibit, excerpts from an interview with Ronald Johnson, first Black Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper, and discussions with Claremore’s Presidential appointed Judge C. Darnell Jones II.