Thursday, January 19, 2012

Black Inventors Exhibit Comes to UWG

The University of West Georgia presents the exhibit “What’s The Big Idea? How Black Inventors Past and Present Have Changed Your Life.” It opens on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at the Ingram Library. There will be a reception on opening day at 1 p.m., followed by a talk and tour by Dan Moore, curator of the exhibit and director of the Apex Museum in Atlanta. Refreshments will be served.

The exhibit is on the main floor of the library and continues through Wednesday, Feb. 29. It is free and open to the public. The library is on a 24/5 schedule, opening at 2 p.m. on Sundays and closing at 11 p.m. on Fridays. Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The exhibit features inventions that are part of everyday American life: Garrett A. Morgan’s traffic light; Alfred L. Cralle's ice cream scooper; and the infamous Super Soaker patented by Lonnie Johnson.

Guided tours for groups are available through advanced reservation. The exhibit is sponsored by UWG’s Office of Institutional Diversity and the Ingram Library.

The Apex Museum, founded in 1978, accurately presents and interprets history from an African American perspective. It seeks to help the public better understand and appreciate the contributions made by African-Americans to the United States and the world.

For more information or to arrange a guided tour, please call 678-839-5400 or 678-839-5337.

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