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Black Memorabilia Show and Sale April 20-21

Dr. Lindsey B. Johnson | 3/17/2013, 8:58 a.m.

Join several thousand attendees at the National Black Memorabilia, Art, Doll & Collectible Show & Sale Saturday and Sunday, April 20-21 at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 16 Chestnut Street, in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Show hours are Saturday, 10 am - 7 pm, and Sunday, 10 am - 5 pm. Admission is $7 and children 16 and under are admitted free. This is the 29th year for this event in the Greater Washington, DC area. The objective of this show is to provide an environment where the public can be educated on the African American experience and purchase black memorabilia, fine art and black dolls.

Items made by African Americans, made in the image of African Americans or about African Americans are considered black memorabilia whether these items are positive or negative. Many of the items we consider as black memorabilia reflect the way African Americans were viewed and treated in this country. Items from the slavery, Reconstruction, Jim Crow and Civil Rights eras to present tell a story of great progress of our ancestors despite the obstacles they were faced with. Black memorabilia documents the chronological history of African Americans in the United States.

At this show there will be vendors and artisans from 15 States with black memorabilia, fine art, black dolls and collectibles for sale, educational exhibits and celebrity autograph sessions.

Items for sale include historical artifacts and documents, books, stamps, autographs, toys, advertisements, photos, paintings, prints, political and Civil Rights memorabilia, kitchen collectibles, coins, sports and entertainment memorabilia, movie posters, postcards and other items from the 19th century to the present. Educational exhibits include slavery artifacts, Jim Crow memorabilia, Buffalo Soldiers, Negro League Baseball, Marcus Garvey, Black Panther Party, Malcolm X, George Washington Carver, Civil War, Dorothy Dandridge, Madame C. J. Walker and others.

These exhibits give an in depth look at important people and events in our history. There will be autograph sessions with Negro League Baseball Players and other celebrities.

This is the largest black memorabilia and collectible show in the country, and it attracts major vendors and collectors alike. Many of the items for sale and on display are museum quality. There will be plenty of good food and free parking. The show is indoors and will be held rain or shine.

To reach the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Gaithersburg take I-270 exit 11 and follow the signs. For more information, call (301)649-1915 or view the website www.johnsonshows.com.