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New History Museum exhibit highlights Springfield’s Black Educators

January 25, 2023

The History Museum on the Square will open their newest exhibit, Community Cornerstones: Springfield’s Black Educators on Wednesday, February 1, 2023. This exhibit showcases the rich history of Black American education in Springfield through the lens of the educators who were the cornerstones of the Black community. Experience the enlightening story of Springfield’s Black educational history and its connection to a national conversation. This exhibit will run through May 7, 2023. This exhibit is included in general admission and free to members and patrons.

“The entire History Museum on the Square team is extremely proud of the work we put into Community Cornerstones: Springfield’s Black Educators,” said Sean FitzGibbons, Executive Director of the History Museum on the Square. “The History Museum is thrilled that the Community Foundation of the Ozarks supported this exhibit and ancillary programming through the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Grant Program. We collaborated with many partners to ensure that the stories we share truly reflect the significant impact these educators and institutions made on Springfield.”

In addition to the temporary exhibit in the History Museum’s Voices of History Gallery, this project touches on all aspects of the museum’s programming; there will be presentations, workshops and traveling exhibits. For more information, visit

About the History Museum on the Square:
The History Museum on the Square is committed to building and preserving an extensive collection of historical documents and artifacts, as we share stories of the crossroads to engage, educate, and inspire our diverse audience. We strengthen our community’s future by learning about our past and our culture. History Museum is a non-profit museum and opens to the public Wednesday – Saturday, 10:00 am – 5 pm, Sunday 1-5 pm. General Admission applies.

Image: William Harrison “W.H.” McAdams, first Principal of Old Lincoln School, stands with a Lincoln School graduating class, ca.1900. Collection of the History Museum on the Square