East Cleveland Public Library and the Friends of the East Cleveland Public Library will be commemorating the 100th birthday of Icabod Flewellen of “Father of African American Museums”, Wednesday, July 6, 2016, 4pm-6pm at the East Cleveland Public Library, 14101 Euclid Ave, East Cleveland, OH 44112. This event is open to the public. Cake will be served while it lasts.
Icabod Flewellen was once considered the father of African American Museums because of his belief and passion regarding providing African and African American history and accomplishments to everyone. When he was discarded from the army in 1945 he believed that a museum needed to be built in Cleveland. From 1953 until 1999 he collected material that told the African and African American story.
Mr. Flewellen’s papers, pictures and books are now in an archive at the East Cleveland Public Library. It tells the story of his life, the beginnings of his dream of a museum and other unknown African and African American historical information.
Event speakers will include Flewellen Family members, Greg L. Reese, former director of East Cleveland Public Library, Frances Caldwell Cleveland African American Museum and others who have associated with Icabod Flewellen.
The event will also include displays of material from the Flewellen Collection as well as the opportunity for those who have worked or had an encounter with Icabod Flewellen to tell their story on camera which will be preserved in digital format in the Flewellen Collection Archive.