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Bear Creek Museums Opens Saturdays for Black History Month

As part of the City of Irving’s Black History Month activities, the Jackie Townsell Bear Creek Heritage Center museums, located at 3925 Jackson St., will be open to the public for free self-guided tours Feb. 11 and Feb. 18 from 1 to 4 p.m.
 
“Families would be well-served by visiting the Bear Creek Heritage Center, which is named in honor of longtime Irving Councilwoman Jackie Townsell and is nestled in North Texas’ oldest African-American community,” said Councilman Dennis Webb. “Visitors to the Bear Creek Heritage Center will gain insight into the African-American experience in American history and life in Irving’s Bear Creek community.”
 
The historic Jackie Townsell Bear Creek Heritage Center is comprised of three museums—the Bear Creek Freedom Settlement Museum, located in the historic Masonic Lodge; the Bear Creek community museum in the J.O. Davis House, and the Sam Green House Museum. These museums will offer visitors a glimpse of life for African-Americans in the South during an era of segregation and through the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s.
 
“We are pleased to be able to open the museums for these two Saturdays in February,” said City of Irving Archivist Kevin Kendro. “In the museums, we tell the Bear Creek community history, as well as the story of the national struggle for civil rights and freedom.”
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