AAMA 1983 Blacks In Museums Day of Recognition and Kiah Museum Day

R-L, Natavis Harris, Jermecia Davis, Tina Hicks, Dr. Richard Dozier
R-L, Natavis Harris, Jermecia Davis, Tina Hicks, Dr. Richard Dozier

September 9, 2016 officially designated as a Day of Remembrance for the Kiah Museum in Savannah and the African American Museum Association 1983 Blacks in Museums Day of Recognition by The City of Savannah. In 1983 AAMA in conjunction with the Smithsonian published its first directory of Blacks in Museums which listed among its pioneer members Mrs. Virginia Jackson Kiah and the Kiah Museum in Savannah. Savannah State University students in the Introduction to Anthropology course taught by Dr. Deborah Johnson-Simon have been conducting research on these individuals and institutions and have chose September 9th as the most appropriate time to celebrate and honor the 1983 Blacks in Museums participants and the special day to remember the Kiah Museum in Savannah which is now closed and in a state of deterioration. The opening for the day of recognition and remembrance began with a reading of the Proclamation by Savannah State University student Natavis Harris and the unveiling of the Kiah and Law Quilt created by Hudson Hill Golden Age quilter Tina Hicks. Invited speakers for the all day event included Mrs. Emma Jones community activist, and Dr. Richard Dozier, historic preservation architect, who were both participants in the 1983 directory. A trail of quilts could be seen at various churches throughout the city. The Bull St Library will be the quilt exhibit site for the AAMA recognition quilt and the Kiah and Law quilt honoring museum preservationists Virginia Kiah and W. W. Law. They will be available for viewing through September 30th. The event closed with the laying of wreath at the Kiah gravesite.

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