Matheson celebrates Black Thursday anniversary

Matheson History Museum will host the 51st anniversary of Black Thursday at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

The free event features Matheson’s newest exhibit, “We’re Tired of Asking: Black Thursday and Civil Rights at the University of Florida,” which debuted on Feb. 2, to commemorate 66 UF students arrested 51 years ago on Black Thursday along with the people who stood and continue to stand in alliance with their message for change.

Museum curator Alana Gomez will open at 7:15 p.m. followed by triple-Gator and retired lecturer Dr. Betty Stewart-Fullwood, African American Studies program director Dr. David Canton, and Poet Laureate of Alachua County E. Stanley Richardson. 

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For people unable to attend in person, a livestream will be made available by registering here

A resource area will be available with members from organizations such as the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, Black Graduate Student Organization, the Gainesville Dream Defenders, and the African American Studies Program.

The Matheson History Museum is located at 513 E. University Ave. in Gainesville.

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