NEW HAVEN – In honor of Black History Month, the Knights of Columbus Museum has extended its popular Christmas exhibition, "Christmas Across Africa," through March 4.
The show features nearly 100 works of African artists, from five collections, including carvings from both stone and wood, paintings and more traditional Nativity scenes with figurines of the Holy Family.
"Christmas Across Africa" opened Nov. 15, 2011, and was scheduled to close Feb. 5. However, because of the exhibition’s popularity, it will be extended to coincide with the national observance of Black History Month.
"Even early in its 130-year history, the Knights of Columbus recognized the numerous and substantial contributions of African Americans in our society," said Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson.
"One of many possible examples occurred in the 1920s, 40 years before the U.S. Civil Rights Act, when the Knights of Columbus published The Gift of Black Folk: The Negroes in the Making of America. The book, commissioned and published by the Knights, was authored by famous civil rights proponent W.E.B. DuBois. Today, this art exhibit has provided us an excellent means of highlighting religious aspects of African culture, and we are pleased to be able to extend the exhibit during Black History Month," said Mr. Anderson.
The Knights of Columbus Museum is at 1 State St. and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission and parking are free. For more information, or to schedule a group tour, call 203-865-0400 or visit kofcmuseum.org.