Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center & Museum to Celebrate African American Women in Church Hats

Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center & Museum to Celebrate African American Women in Church Hats

BRW CrownedBruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center & Museum presents “Crowned in Glory Kansas City African American Women in Church Hats.”  The exhibition grand opening will occur Saturday, April 19 from 2-4 p.m. The celebration will include a reception that is free to the public where the Kansas City community will join the museum in viewing portraits of over 50 Greater Kansas City personalities.  The exhibition will be on display through May 22.

The exhibition concept is based on the bestselling book entitled, Crowns:  African American Women in Church Hat.  Throughout the past two centuries African American women have often dressed in their best clothing for Sunday service.  One vestige of the past that has continued to be an integral part of African American clothing is the church hat.  During services the hat adds an aura to the woman, a certain regal attitude that expresses that this person may of nobility hence the term “crown.”  In the Christian, religious tradition, a person who is born again enters into the royal family of God.

Some of the individuals from throughout the community being featured include:  Former Councilwoman Joanne Collins, Mrs. Helen Ragsdale, Mrs. Ethel Like-Bell, Mrs. Janice Love, Mrs. Sharon Cleaver, Rev. Dr. Betty Hannah-Witherspoon, Supervisor Betty Jo Morrison, Mrs. Barbara Briscoe, and Rev. Sharon Fisher.

The exhibition includes photos taken by the photographer J. LeRoy Beasley, Michelle Beasley, and Lawrence W. Dixon specifically for this original exhibition

The event is sponsored by The Board of Directors of Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center and the City of Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation Department.

For more information please contact 816-513-0700.