- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 7, 2002

The Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture is offering two workshops in connection with the exhibit "Precious Memories: The Collector's Passion." They are:
"Collecting African American History," Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. in Ring Auditoriumat the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, IndependenceAvenue at Seventh Street SW. Philip J. Merrill of Baltimore, a specialist in black American memorabilia and guest appraiser for PBS' "Antiques Roadshow," presents items from his archives, discusses the historical importance of collecting and offers basic instructions.
"Collecting Church History," Feb. 23 at 11 a.m. in the Anacostia Museum Community Room, 1901 Fort Place SE. Workshop leaders are Gail Lowe, historian and curator from the Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture, and Benjamin Ross, historian of the Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church in Richmond. Through a collection of photographs, documents, liturgical artifacts and publications, they will tell the story of the church organized in 1867 by former slave-preacher John Jasper. Both events are free and open to the public. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, the public may call 202/287-3369.

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