New display in Richwoods honors Black History Month

By WEEK Reporter

February 13, 2013 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 12:56 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Richwoods High School students are witnessing hundreds of years of African American history in a single display.

District 150 social worker Tamara Butler put the display together, which is on the first floor. It features books like "Roots", videos like "Eyes On the Prize", and a variety of artifacts that relate to the black experience.

Butler says unfortunately, many people are not familiar with the contributions African Americans have made to civilization.

She also says that displays like this go a long way toward piquing students' interest.

"We actually have some students, due to our book display case, that are interested in having an African American book club which is really exciting because education in the key and if we can get them to read for pleasure then it will be easier to get them to read for academics." Butler said.

While the main exhibit will come down at the end of the month, Butler says some of the others will be in the school year round.

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