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January 6, 2015

Contact: Steve Hawkins
Oklahoma History Center, Oklahoma Historical Society
Office: 405-522-0754

Oklahoma History Center Announces Opening of "Colored Memories" Exhibit

Oklahoma City, Okla. -- In a collaborative effort with The Coltrane Group, an Oklahoma-based organization focused on the revitalization of the All-Black Towns of Oklahoma, the Oklahoma History Center is pleased to announce the opening of a pictorial exhibit of colorized images of Boley, Oklahoma, circa 1920–30. The exhibit, entitled "Colored Memories," is comprised of 25 digitally colorized photographs from Boley, the "crown jewel" of All-Black Towns.

The exhibit will open on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 19, 2015, and will be on display until June 30, 2015. The 25 prints will be available for viewing in the Chesapeake Events Center of the Oklahoma History Center Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to the Oklahoma History Center is $7 per individual with group rates available.   

The Coltrane Group/History in Progress was founded by André L. Head, chief executive officer, and his wife, Jessilyn Hall-Head, chief operating officer, with the mission of preserving the heritage and rich legacy of Oklahoma's historic All-Black Towns. Head also has produced and directed a series of documentaries on the All-Black Towns of Oklahoma, another project about which he is extremely passionate. For detailed information about the "Colored Memories" exhibit and the endeavors of The Coltrane Group, contact the group at 405-568-7700 or andreh@thecoltranegroup.org.

The Oklahoma History Center is a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society and is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma. Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains 31 museums, historic sites and affiliates across the state. Through its research archives, exhibits, educational programs and publications the OHS chronicles the rich history of Oklahoma. For more information visit www.okhistory.org.

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