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Arlington Celebrates Black History Month

Updated: Feb 10, 2020

To celebrate Black History Month and Arlington’s cultural diversity and spirit of inclusivity, the town is posting banners along 16 poles in the Center and East Arlington depicting prominent figures in African American history with direct connection to Massachusetts.

From Arlington’s own Prince Hall, the founder of the first African American Masonic Temple in the United States, to the 54th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry at the center of one of the most famous episodes of The Civil War, each banner will help educate and celebrate the state and local connections to history.

Created by graphic artist Joseph Joey James for the town of Arlington, the banner artwork will also be posted to the Human Rights Commission and Town’s website and subsequent promotional materials.

Along with the banners, the Arlington Human Rights Commission will be hosting a Film Festival at multiple venues around town. All shows are free and open to the public. All shows begin at 6 PM. Please see our Events page for more information.

2/12: Loving (PG-13) at the Arlington Center for the Arts. 2/18: The Hate You Give (PG-13) along with the animated short

Hair Love (G) at the Robbins Library.

2/26: Glory (R) at the Regent Theater with a special presentation from the 54th Regiment Volunteer Infantry Regiment and a chance to meet banner artist Joey James.


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