In 1993, the American Studies Senior Seminar at Kenyon College, in nearby Gambier, Ohio, completed a project that documented two centuries of African American experience in Knox County.  


   The finished project, which was known as "The Community Within," involved a partnership between Kenyon faculty and students, as well as the local African-American community, who worked together to collect photographs, documents and other artifacts. Their work was supported by our Historical Society, the Ohio Humanities Council and other agencies. 


   Their many interviews and narratives added to the scope of the project, which includes sections about family and social life, work experiences, church influences, and migration from our area.

   The resulting excellent public exhibit and companion booklet had its premiere and opening reception at our Museum in 1993. Since then it has been on display at numerous settings throughout Knox County. We are pleased to have it now as a part of our Museum collection.