Thursday, June 12, 2014 || By Michael Romain
Ms. Northica H. Stone, the founder of the West Town Museum of Cultural History here in Maywood, will be among the honorees at the 19th Annual Irma Kingsley Johnson Awards Luncheon on Saturday, June 28, 2014. The luncheon is hosted by the Chicago Friends of the Amistad Research Center.
According to its website, the Amistad Research Center is “the nation’s oldest, largest and most comprehensive independent archive specializing in the history of African Americans and other Ethnic Minorities.” The Center is located at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.
The Center is named after struggle surrounding the famous La Amistad slaving vessel that was overtaken by captured slaves, but eventually seized in America. The slaves would eventually achieve independence after the U.S. Supreme Court voted to restore their freedom.
Located at 104 S. 5th Avenue, the West Town Museum of Cultural History has been an anchor in the Proviso Township community since its founding in 1995. According to its website, the Museum’s archives “a major vehicle for historic preservation, oral history, photographs, videos, textiles, cultural tourism, self-esteem building and overall community pride.”
The West Town is a member of the Illinois Association of Museums and the Oak Park Visitors Bureau. It is the only officially recognized public museum in Maywood.
Ms. Stone will be among a group of honorees that include Dr. Christopher Reed; Mr. Charles Carpenter; United Black Christians; Mrs. Elaine Lockridge Roberts, Historian/Author; and Rev. Calvin Morris, Pastor & Church Historian, Community and Social Services.
The luncheon will be held at the Lake Shore Hotel, 4900 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois. For more information, contact Willie Hart: (773) 448-1314. VFP