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September 14, 2016 @ 8:00 am - October 31, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
The Black Belt Museum hosts Museum on Main St., a Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibit Service, to kick off their Grand Opening this fall. The featured exhibit is Hometown Teams. This exhibit highlights the role sports play in our culture and community with a special focus on some of our local heroes.
“The Alabama Humanities Foundation chose UWA and Sumter County to host “Hometown Teams” as part of the Museum on Main Street program—a national/state/local partnership to bring exhibitions and programs to rural cultural organizations. The exhibition will tour six communities in Alabama from Gadsden through Enterprise. “We are very pleased to be able to bring ‘Hometown Teams’ to our area,” said Dr. Tina Jones, Executive Director of the Division of Economic Development and Outreach. “It allows us the opportunity to explore this fascinating aspect of our own region’s sports history and we hope that it will inspire many to become even more involved in the cultural life of our community.” With this special tour, the University of West Alabama will develop a local exhibition and public programs to compliment the Smithsonian exhibition. The local exhibit, “Small Town, Big Impact” will feature sports items from Sumter County and UWA as well as a Wall of Honor dedicated to all individuals who have had an impact on sports in the area.” – Amy Christiansen, Archivist