The Black History Museum of Warren County held its grand opening on Saturday, Feb. 20. After nine months, an expansion is under consideration.
“It has been going very well,” said Wayne Wolford, director and curator Black History Museum of Warren County. “We’ve had visitors from California and New York. We had a couple that came in from North Carolina. They were in town to attend an event and decided to stop in and check us out.”
The museum is located at the old clinic building on West Main Street in McMinnville, adjacent to First Presbyterian Church. Admission is free.
“We are getting ready to expand upstairs,” said Wolford. “They’ve already given us the basement. There’s a lot of work that needs to be done down there. It’s almost a dungeon. It’s dark. I’m hoping to get some help with renovation. Dr. Wally Bigbee suggested JROTC at the high school might help, so I plan on reaching out to them and see. A group like that might be able to help.”
The artifacts are constantly being shuffled in and out, as he has more memorabilia and heirlooms than he has room to display. Wolford says this will give visitors a chance to see new items on every trip to the museum.
“What we really need are volunteers,” said Wolford. “As we expand, more help will be needed. Finding people and determining where they can be the most benefit is going to be key to our continued expansion.”
Hours: Tuesday thru Friday 12 to 4 p.m., and Saturday 12 to 2 p.m. Closed Sunday and Monday. Appointments can be made anytime. To make an appointment, offer an artifact or volunteer, Wolford can be reached at 931-212-6609.