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NEW ATTRACTION: Jarvis College opens African-American Museum on campus
An old advertisement is pictured inside the ÒLife in America: 1900-1979Ó Rodney Lamar Atkins Collection African-American Museum at Jarvis Christian College Wednesday Feb. 8, 2017 at the Olin Learning and Resource Center on the college campus in Hawkins. The exhibit features pieces from his Atkins' personal collection including records, photographs, farming equipment and more. Atkins is director of the Olin Library. (Sarah A. Miller/Tyler Morning Telegraph)

NEW ATTRACTION: Jarvis College opens African-American Museum on campus

“Life in America: 1900 to 1979” is comprised of more than 200 pieces from Library Director Rodney Lamar Atkins’ personal collection in the Olin Learning and Resource Center on campus.

  • The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information or to make reservations, call 903-730-4890, Ext. 2173.

 “I started slowly, spending $5 to $10 an item, many years ago,” Atkins said. “I can’t describe it fully, it’s like a fulfillment of a dream. It didn’t take long after starting (the collection) to realize it should be displayed somewhere.”

The collection includes antique farming equipment, memorabilia, records and magazines from throughout the decades.

“In order for America to be the great country that it is today, there had to be people who paved the way and African Americans had their part in every phase of that,” he said. “If you look around the room, you can’t help but see that.”

Atkins said anyone wishing to learn more can find a wealth of knowledge on the subject at their local library.

The exhibit will remain in place until January 2018, when it will be rotated with fresh material from his collection.

Rodney Lamar Atkins , director of the Olin Library, gives a tour of his African-American Museum ÒLife in America: 1900-1979Ó at Jarvis Christian College Wednesday Feb. 8, 2017 at the Olin Learning and Resource Center on the college campus in Hawkins. The exhibit features pieces from his personal collection including records, photographs, farming equipment and more. (Sarah A. Miller/Tyler Morning Telegraph)

Rodney Lamar Atkins , director of the Olin Library, gives a tour of his African-American Museum ÒLife in America: 1900-1979Ó at Jarvis Christian College Wednesday Feb. 8, 2017 at the Olin Learning and Resource Center on the college campus in Hawkins. The exhibit features pieces from his personal collection including records, photographs, farming equipment and more.
(Sarah A. Miller/Tyler Morning Telegraph)

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