"Stone showcases Black magazines for Black History exhibit" by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
"African American Magazines: Hot off the Press" is Donnye stone's Black History Month exhibit on display at the Matagorda County Museum now. The display features Root, Jet, Essence, O, and several other publications along with historic details about African American magazines.

   “African American Magazines: Hot off the Press” is the theme of Donnye Stone’s annual Black History Month exhibit in the lobby of the Matagorda County Museum for February.
   Stone’s previous annual exhibits have ranged from black dolls and hats to authors and musicians.
   “I started not to do anything this year, because of the pandemic,” admitted Stone.
   “COVID or not, life goes on. No, we are not living in the norm, but February has been set aside for decades to celebrate, reflect and embrace all of those that have paved the way and put effort into making a difference to make the world we live in a better place.
   “Matagorda County Museum Director Barbara Smith and I talked and she said it was my decision. 
   “I pondered for a while and remembered that I had some old Black magazines on hand,” she added.
   Stone says the goal of her exhibit is to raise awareness and educate the community while tying into Black History Month.
   She also has an exhibit in the Bay City High School foyer featuring what she calls “African American Achievers.”
   “In doing all my displays, I learn a lot myself,” said Stone.

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