PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A unique exhibit that showcases real stories and real artifacts about African Americans opens this weekend at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

The 2011 Black History Showcase was started in 2004 by executive producer Everett Staten as a way to promote a greater awareness and appreciation of African America history.

Staten says the annual showcase is different because it features “real objects such as artifacts,” he said. “Real people such as Buffalo Soldiers, Tuskegee airmen, the Negro League players who provide real stories first hand to accurately present the extraordinary achievements in African American history. So, we bring history to life.”

The 6th annual Black History Showcase is from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Reported by Karin Phillips, KYW Newsradio

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