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Grand Opening Reception and Curators Talk
February 11, 2017 at 10:30 am

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Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Firsts will be on display in the Anne Louise Davis Room (located on the lower level) from Saturday, February 4th until Friday, March 31st.

The Plainfield Public Library announces a new guest exhibit from The Museum of Uncut Funk, Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Firsts. The exhibit commemorates the 40th anniversary of 1970s Saturday morning cartoons that featured positive Black animation characters for the first time in television history. The pioneering cartoon characters featured in this exhibition present an unheralded legacy of the Civil Rights Movement and several animation, American, and Black History firsts.

This flat-panel exhibit has traveled to the Brown v. Board Of Education National Historic Site, Bessie Smith Cultural Center, and the Purdue University Black Cultural Center. Plainfield Public Library is pleased and honored to be able to present this one-of-a-kind, traveling exhibit to Plainfield residents and visitors.

The exhibit will kick off the library’s celebration of Black History Month on Saturday, February 4th.  There will be an opening reception and curators’ talk on Saturday, February 11th at 10:30 am.  Visitors are encouraged to join exhibit co-Scurators Loreen Williamson and Pamela Thomas for a special talk about the importance of the materials found in this exhibition. This program is open and free to the public. Free commemorative buttons will be given to program attendees on February 11th (while supplies last).
All Ages Welcome!


Funding has been made possible in part by the Friends of the Plainfield Public Library (FOPPL) = and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts,
through a grant administered by the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs.

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