Black History Then and Now is the theme of the Gregg County Historical Museum’s 2012 salute to African-American history.
This month-long exhibit opened February 2 and features a timeline of American Black History, spiced with a chronicle of local black history and how it relates to black history nationally.
Photographs, documents and various artifacts will comprise the display detailing noteworthy African-Americans locally and coast-to-coast.  This will include an array of black Barbie dolls, and works from a local artist.
A highlight of the month-long recognition event will be a panel discussion in which area residents will debate race relations past and present.  The museum will host this forum February 22 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
The museum has incorporated the vital subject of black history into its ongoing yearly calendar of events and Educational Program which are open to the public and admission free.
The museum is located at 218 Fredonia Street in downtown Longview, across from Regions Bank.