Black history exhibition opening in Scranton

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SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – February is Black History Month and Eyewitness News is featuring inspiring stories from the local African American community.

Glynis Johns is a Scranton native who is passionate about local black history.

“Our community of African Americans did so many amazing things especially at a time that was so close to the abolition of slavery and they were able to transcend this really hard time in American history,” Johns, the founder of the Black Scranton Project, said.

Her college thesis turned into an exhibition at the Marketplace at Steamtown on life for the African American community in years past.

“Once I completed that graduate thesis, I just could not leave it in those pages and I felt like I had to share this like loudly with my community,” Johns explained.

Johns’ research uncovered my little known inspiring stories and she hopes to inspire younger generations.

“Growing up in Scranton as a young person of color, we don’t always see ourselves and our educators and our roles of authority or even our place of occupation and I just wanted to show all of the ways in which we can be there,” Johns said.

The exhibition opens Friday night at 5:00pm.

Eyewitness News will feature a Hidden History special on Saturday, February 16th at 7pm on WBRE and again on Saturday, February 23rd at 7pm on WYOU.

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