"Fabulous Forties on the Avenue" Exhibit at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center Extended Through December 2012
Popular Historic Exhibit to Remain on Display Until End of the Year

History comes to life at "Fabulous Forties on the Avenue."

History comes to life at AARLCC.

DATE: September 27, 2012
Catherine McElrath
EMAIL: cmcelrath@browardlibrary.org

Thousands have already seen it and now it’s your chance! Due to its popularity with visitors of all ages, the Fabulous Forties on the Avenue exhibit on display in the gallery of the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311, (954-357-2810), originally slated to close in October, will remain open through December 31, 2012.

Fabulous Forties on the Avenue captures the unique atmosphere of Fort Lauderdale's Northwest 5th Avenue in the late 1940s, a neighborhood and an era that inspired generations of black families to push through the boundaries of segregation and to form bonds that would join them in the pursuit of survival, cultural reformation and entrepreneurship. Inside this exhibit, you can walk down a crowded street filled with a wide variety of stores, a school and a home. Journey through a historical time line of events, observe the tools used to work in the crop fields, inspect a real ice box used to keep food cool using blocks of ice, browse the shop windows to see artifacts on loan from members of the community and cool off in the Victory Theatre while watching film clips from the era.

Helping showcase the exhibit is a series of events inspired by the theme of the Fabulous Forties on the Avenue. The events began in late October 2011 with a play highlighting the lives of black pioneers in Fort Lauderdale (Mangos, Guavas and Mullet), later followed by concerts featuring the Dillard High School Jazz Band and the Parkway Middle School Jazz Band. In January, school children will be writing essays on “1940s – A Decade of Change” for a library contest.
Other upcoming events coming up include:

  • "Free Saturday Matinee" - In September and October, classic films from the 1940's will be shown in the Victory Theatre at 1 p.m.
  • Jump Jivin’ 10th Anniversary Gala - Saturday, October 20, 7 to 11 p.m. Enjoy an evening of dinner and dancing with a hint of 1940's flair at this fundraising event that will include food from local restaurants and live entertainment. All donations are tax deductible. Contributions will support programs and projects for the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center. Hosted by the Friends of AARLCC and the 10th Anniversary Gala Committee. RSVP here.

The Fabulous Forties on the Avenue exhibit is available to view any time the library is open (from noon to 8 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on every other day of the week). For more information, please contact the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center at 954-357-2810.

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