By Cherri Gregg
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) –The Black History and Culture Showcase is at the Pennsylvania Convention Center this weekend, where historic artifacts and living legends will be on-hand to help tell the story of the African American experience.
Ever wondered who invented the super soaker? Or how about the ice cream scoop? Both inventors were African American, says the showcase founder and executive producer Everett Staten. He says visitors will learn about Black inventors and more.
“We have a military suite, we have a slavery suite, and then we have a suite that’s called museums and more, where we have a group of museums–the African American Museum, the Marian Anderson Museum, the Paul Robeson Museum and a number of other museums–that come to promote what they do all year long.”
Everett says some living legends will also be on-hand, like the Tuskegee Airmen, the Montford Point Marines, Philadelphia Stars Negro League Players and Tina Sloan Green, the first Black head coach in women’s college lacrosse history.
“We want people to see the contributions that African Americans have made to the world, and hopefully, they will see something that will inspire them to want to learn more,” Staten says.
The showcase is free and runs through Sunday. For more info, go to www.blackhistoryshowcase.org.