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Temporary 'Black History' Museum Sprouts Up in Woodside Plaza

The new museum, located in the old McWhorter's location, features 11,000 square feet of history and memorabilia.

In honor of Black History Month, a new museum and learning center has recently sprouted up in the old retail space that used to house McWhorter's Stationary in Woodside Plaza in Redwood City.

For one month only during February, the 11,000-square-foot space is full of exhibits honoring African Americans' contributions to history. 

Throughout the room, visitors can see photos, memorabilia and reading material illustrating important moments in black history.

A sports exhibit depicts legends like Mohammed Ali and Jerry Rice, and a political exhibit showcases photos and facts about the Obamas as well as historical figures like Thurgood Marshall, Martin Luther King Jr. and more.

The museum and learning center was started by Belmont resident Carolyn Hoskins, who also used the old McWhorter's space to organize an NFL Alumni toy drive during the month of December, for local underprivileged children over the holidays. The Northern California chapter of the NFL Alumni association is also sponsoring the temporary museum.

As shown in the news video above, local classes have been making trips to the museum all month as part of their Black History Month curriculum.

"This exhibit is open to the public and we encourage parents, teachers, and everyone who is interested in American history, to visit this amazing display of culture and history," said Helen Mendel, a friend of Hoskins' who is helping do public relations for the exhibit. "'Black history' is American history."

The museum, located at 282 Woodside Plaza on Woodside Road next to Luckys grocery store, is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m.

Though admission to view the exhibits is free, donations are suggested in the amount of $5 for adults, and $3 for students and senior citizens.

See footage of some of the museum's exhibits in the news video above.

For more information, call Carolyn Hoskins at 650-921-4191, or contact Jeff Bayer at 650-533-4949 or jbayer4949@aol.com.

Information on other Black History Month events in the area can also be found on the NFL Alumni website at www.nflalumninoca.org.

Have you seen the exhibit? If so, what did you think? Tell us in the comments below.

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David Sherburne February 18, 2013 at 03:33 PM
Quit shoving Black history down my throat. I'm a White guy and I don't care. This should not be news.
David Sherburne February 18, 2013 at 03:35 PM
Oh,all of you racist pigs hammer on this one.
Victor February 18, 2013 at 06:10 PM
I'm not either white or black, but part of my family members are black and support black history month. Say something about that!!
TGD February 18, 2013 at 06:37 PM
Is that a banjo I hear?
COH February 18, 2013 at 10:17 PM
Wow - not even a kudos for a wonderful exhibit. Just a vile racist David Sherburne proudly spouting off his racial prejudices. As the article says, "mr'' Sherburne - Black History is AMERICAN HISTORY. Perhaps you should swallow your prejudiuce for a few mibnutes and go and SEE what contributions African AMericans have made to this country. In Science, in Education, in inventions YOU use every day. I bet your kids are proud that their dad is so upfront in his racial bias. I'm sure you are teaching your kids to hate - that is the only way they learn it. HOPEFULLY - they see you for what you are and appreciate diversity they learn about in school. But people like him call themselves 'christian' and home school the hate into their kids and brainwash them into be haters too.
k smith February 19, 2013 at 12:37 AM
oh wow, loads of interesting facts about David Sherburne on the internet. Where he lives, how he lives and photos.
Victor February 19, 2013 at 03:57 PM
KUDOS, to the director/s, for bringing the Black History Museum to Redwood City.
RWCopLady February 20, 2013 at 05:50 AM
I am embarrassed at the fact that there are people with your school of thought in our community. We live in a beautiful melting pot called the Bay Area and are privileged to have people here of all backgrounds. No one is shoving anything down your throat, grow up.
Jennifer van der Kleut (Editor) March 06, 2013 at 04:43 PM
Update! Carolyn Hoskins was just awarded the Quiet Hero Award by State Senator Jerry Hill for her work building the Black History Month Museum. See the video here: http://redwoodcity-woodside.patch.com/articles/caught-on-camera-patch-videos-of-the-week

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