Museum keeps Black History Month alive

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Western Massachusetts’ observance of Black History Month concludes on Friday, but Springfield’s PAHMUSA Pan African Historical Museum at Tower Square remains open.

Among the services that the museum offers are tours highlighting Springfield’s role in the Underground Railroad.

Director LuJuana Hood told 22News that she was particularly touched when a young man decided that he wanted to spend his 12th birthday learning about the city’s part in assisting escaping slaves.

“That to me was phenomenal. Here you have a young man, 12 years old, he could’ve said ‘I want to play basketball, for my birthday, I want to have a party.’ The fact he wanted to learn knowledge, there’s no words for that,” Hood said.

The Pan African Historical Museum on the second floor at Tower Square features art exhibits and historical artifacts from Africa and the African American experience.

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