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Rainier Avenue Radio’s Black History Month museum opens to the public

For the entire month of February, Rainier Avenue Radio, now operating from the Columbia City Theater, will be presenting a museum dedicated to sharing Seattle’s Black history. The “Call to Conscience” museum will house 14 installations honoring Black History Month, including those by the Hendrix Family, the Royal Esquire Club, and the Black Heritage Society.

List of exhibits at the "Call to Conscience" museum.
Rainier Avenue Radio List of exhibits at the “Call to Conscience” museum.

The museum will operate 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesdays through Sundays, at the Columbia City Theater located at 4916 Rainier Ave S. Guided tours will allow visitors to learn, view, and appreciate the rich history of the Black community within Seattle. 

Part of the Black Firefighters exhibit.
Mo Dulitz | The Seattle Collegian Part of the Black Firefighters exhibit.

Prices vary depending on type of admission, pre-registration, VIP access, and private tours. In addition to the museum, there will also be a gift shop including paraphernalia from the exhibits which anyone, regardless of if they take a tour or not, is welcome to browse. 

Tony Benton, founder and manager of Rainier Avenue Radio, describes the museum as exploring “Seattle’s Black communities’ resistance to repression and racism, while celebrating the advances Black Culture contributes to our current society in Seattle today.”

He also states that “learning about the legacies and achievements of Black Seattleites provides context for how we got to where we are today and a deeper understanding of the issues we still face.”

To learn more or pre-register for a tour of the “Call to Conscience: Black History Museum,” visit calltoconscience.world. Celebrate Black History Month this February at the Columbia City Theater.

Tony Benton with an old cinema movie poster, part of his exhibit that will be showcased at the exhibit.
Mo Dulitz | The Seattle Collegian Tony Benton with an old cinema movie poster, part of his exhibit that will be showcased at the Columbia City Theater.

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