- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 15, 2015

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) - The exhibit “Going Back in Time” is on display as part of the weeklong Black Arts Festival in Kalamazoo.

The Kalamazoo Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1IZJ0S9 ) the 29th annual festival is organized by the Black Arts & Cultural Center. It started Monday and runs through Sunday.

Murphy Darden’s exhibit included models of black churches that once stood in the Northside neighborhood as well as historical artifacts and paintings depicting significant local moments of the civil rights movement. The Kalamazoo man says: “We’ve got to tell it, we’ve got to preserve it.”

Yolonda Lavender, executive director of the Black Arts & Cultural Center, says the hope is that Darden’s collection “empowers the community.”

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Online:

http://www.blackartskalamazoo.org

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Information from: Kalamazoo Gazette, http://www.mlive.com/kalamazoo

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