To celebrate Black History Month, the city of Renton and the Renton African-American Pastoral Group (RAAP) are sponsoring “The Unspoken Truths,” Delbert Richardson’s American Traveling Museum and forum on Monday, Feb. 13, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Living Hope Christian Fellowship, 16015 116th Ave SE.
The museum will be open for viewing from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m., one-half hour before and after the forum.
Richardson has collected a wide assortment of artifacts that symbolize the African experience in the Americas and Europe before and during American Chattel Slavery. The impact of the Jim Crow Era is also explored.
Some of the artifacts are relics of joyful family moments and others showcase the rich history of the many contributions African-Americans have had on scientific, cultural and technological innovations in the United States and the world, including the ironing board, cell phone technology, golf tees and pencil sharpeners. Others artifacts, however, are crude reminders of a painful past: a runaway slave collar from the 1800s, branding irons, shackles and a shotgun.