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Eastlake Park Civil Rights Memorial, Phoenix

 

PHOENIX CULTURAL SITES


Phoenix, AZ

George Washington Carver Museum & Cultural Center

DESCRIPTION: Housed in the historic Phoenix Union Colored High built in 1926, the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center relates the life, challenges, and triumphs of Phoenix's African-American community; visitors will find a wide variety of galleries and exhibits relative to African American art, culture and history including Black pioneers, prominent local and national African American personalities, military heroes, sports achievements, religious influences and works of art, plus a library specializing in African-American subjects; one of the most striking exhibits here is the sculpture garden which contains numerous poignant bronze sculptures entitled “That Which Might Have Been, Birmingham 1963,” a memorial to four little girls killed in a Birmingham church bombing; in front of the building another sculpture showcases the larger than life-sized statue of Dr. George Washington Carver

DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Fri and third Saturday of the month 9a-3p

ADDRESS: 415 East Grant Street

PHONE: 602-254-7516

WEBSITE: http://www.gwcmccphx.org

Black Theatre Troupe

DESCRIPTION: This non-profit Thespian group has been providing soulful entertaining theatre reflecting the African-American experience for over 30 years; Performances take place in the Helen K. Mason Center for the Performing Arts, and have included plays by August Wilson, Pearl Cleage, and Cheryl West encompassing productions like The Old Fiddler, Mahalia and Black Nativity

DAYS & HOURS: varies

ADDRESS: 1333 East Washington Street

PHONE: 602-258-8128

WEBSITE: http://www.blacktheatretroupe.org

Jesse Owens Parkway
DESCRIPTION: Street named after the famous 1936 Olympics sprinter and long jumper, who retired in Phoenix

ADDRESS: between Central Ave and 7th Street, and intersecting Baseline Road

Eastlake Park Civil Rights Memorial
DESCRIPTION: Purchased by the city of Phoenix in 1914, Eastlake Park was originally developed in the 1890's by Arizona businessman Moses Sherman to give passengers of his tram line a pleasant place to spend time while waiting for the next tram; although trams no longer run through the park and the lake has disappeared, the park was a significant site for civil rights rallies and the starting point of all civil rights marches to the Capital; until it grew too large to continue to here, the park was the home of the Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration and is still the home to the Juneteenth Celebration; also a community focal point for contemporary sports programs, educational classes, dance and exercise classes

DAYS & HOURS: daily during daylight hours

ADDRESS: 16th and Jefferson Streets

PHONE: 602-495-0196

WEBSITE: http://phoenix.gov/PARKS/easthist.html

 

Arizona African Art Museum
DESCRIPTION: Museum features 19th and 20th century artworks, sculptures and masks from Nigeria, Angola, Zaire, Gabon, Mali, Ivory Coast and other African countries

DAYS & HOURS: CLOSED

ADDRESS: 400 North 5th Street, Building 2

Scottsdale, AZ

African American Multicultural Museum

DESCRIPTION: See exhibits that emphasize the contributions of African American and African (including Egyptian) cultures to the progress of humanity

DAYS & HOURS: Wed-Sat 12p-5p, Sun 2p-6p

ADDRESS: 617A North Scottsdale Road

PHONE: 480-314-4400

WEBSITE: http://aammuseum.org

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