West Texas Collection presents A Day to Remember

WTC and volunteers prepare a historical chronicling for the African-American community

By Mbulelo Maqungo
On February 28, 2020

The West Texas Collection on Feb. 29 will conclude Black His­tory Month by accepting donated primary and secondary historical sources relating to the African-American community of San Angelo.

“We hope that students who are volunteering for this event are able to connect with community members and learn a little bit about the history of the area that they live in,” said Shannon Sturm, head of special collections and programs. “Hopefully that connection with the community and with history will cause them to be more interested in learning about the heritage of this area and of the people who were the founding members of the community in San Angelo.”

Volunteers from multiple student organizations will be photo­copying and photographing documents, photographs, heirlooms and letters from noon to 5 p.m. to be added to the West Texas Collection’s archives at the Bridge, formally known as the Ministerial Alliance.

Destiny Brown, event manager, said the name change was co­incidental, but fitting.

“Like the Living History event, I hope opportunities like this will bridge people together,” she said. “This get-together is the first of its kind. I want to encourage more conversations between students at ASU and San Angelo natives about their history.”

As the Ram Page previously reported, Brown has coordinated different functions with a through line of untold stories from San An­gelo’s African-American population.

Donors will also answer questions to educate attendees on the personal items brought to the event.

Brown is also accepting volunteers from the ASU community for processing items and conducting interviews. For more informa­tion, contact her at dbrown79@angelo.edu.

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