At the April 29th event, attendees will sample wine & cheese while listening to live jazz from Orlando recording artist and “ISO” group member, Tony Wynn, while mixing and mingling with local African American history makers such as Sheriff Jerry Demings, fmr. OPD chief Val Demings, fmr. Vice Admiral David Brewer and others.  We’ll also take a historic I’m So Orlando Family photo!

A presentation by the Orange County Regional History Center about the “And Still We Rise” exhibit will precede a viewing of the historic quilt collection. The Clark Media Network will have prize drawings through out the evening and the entire event will be hosted by CMN’s own, Willie Clark!

Sponsors include:

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Media Contacts:

Claudine Tomlinson-Burney / 407-836-8595 /

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Largest Exhibition of

African American Story Quilts

And Still We Rise: Race, Culture and Visual Conversations

ORLANDO, Fla.  – The Orange County Regional History Center, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is hosting a special exhibition honoring 400 years of African American History through the visual medium of story quilts. And Still We Rise: Race, Culture and Visual Conversations, presented by Orlando Health, is curated by Carolyn Mazloomi, Ph.D. Mazloomi created the exhibition to showcase a diverse range of fiber art techniques combined with our rich American history. (Image right: 240 Million African Slaves Ago. Artist, Valarie Pratt Poitier)

The beautifully hand crafted quilts,  created by an international group of artists from the Women of Color Quilters Network, narrates the history of the African American experience, capturing the stories of freedom’s heroes, ranging from Frederick Douglass to Thurgood Marshall to the first African American President. Through the accessibility of their colors, patterns, symbols and style, these quilts reveal stories that enable conversations about sensitive topics from our history, creating open conversation of racial reconciliation in America. The exhibit runs through May 3, 2015.

About the Orange County Regional History Center

Mission: We honor the past, explore the present, to shape the future.

The OrangeCountyRegionalHistoryCenter, a Smithsonian Institution affiliate and American Alliance of Museums member, is one of the state’s preeminent cultural institutions. The HistoryCenter includes a history museum in a renovated 1927 courthouse, the collection of the Historical Society of Central Florida, the Joseph L. Brechner Research Library, the Emporium Museum Store, and Heritage Square park. The museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums and has advanced its global mission to honor the past, explore the present, and shape the future through wide-ranging programs, permanent and traveling exhibits, and limited-run exhibitions from other prestigious institutions.

Our Smart. Surprising. Fun. museum is open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, noon – 5 p.m. The Orange County Regional History Center is located in the heart of downtown Orlando at 65 E. Central Boulevard. For general pricing, go to or call 407-836-8500.



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