Western Reserve Historical Society honors Dr. King

CLEVELAND – The Western Reserve Historical Society remembers the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at two special events, Jan. 14-15.

Dr. John Fleming, director of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, is the featured speaker at the African American Archives Auxiliary’s annual conference Jan. 14.

Fleming, a published historian, will explore the history of the Underground Railroad. He previously worked as executive director of the National African American Museum in Wilberforce, Ohio and was affiliated with the Ohio Historical Society.

This free event begins at 1:30 p.m. with a public reception and the speaker at 3 p.m. in the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum.

On Jan. 15, the City of Cleveland and the Western Reserve Historical Society celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday with free admission to the historical society for Cleveland residents.

Guests can listen to the Helen Turner-Thompson Chorale, who will perform music that spoke to the Civil Rights Era and that evoked change during King’s lifetime.

Performances are at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. in the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum. There will also be special children’s activities and tours of the Hay-McKinney Mansion.

A film about the life of King will be shown in the Hassler conference room.

The Western Reserve Historical Society is located at 10825 East Blvd. in Cleveland’s University Circle area. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Regular admission is $7.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors and $5 for students. For additional information, call 216-721-5722, or check out www.wrhs.org.

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