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September 19, 2018, 10:00 AM - February 28, 2019, 5:00 PM @ Muscatine Art Center
The local history gallery currently features “Alexander Clark: Civil Rights Leader.” Alexander Clark is regarded as Muscatine’s most prominent black citizen, and one of the community’s most accomplished residents and a prominent Iowa civil rights leader. Clark is notable in Iowa history for other things, too. He sued the Muscatine school board on behalf of his daughter, Susan, in a landmark case that outlawed school segregation in Iowa. His son, Alexander Jr., became the first black graduate of the University of Iowa law school in 1879. Alexander Sr. became the second black graduate of the law school in 1884 at the age of 58. In August 1862, Clark sent a letter to Governor Kirkwood offering to raise companies of black troops to serve in one of Iowa’s white regiments (this was at a time when integrated troops were not allowed). By the summer of 1863, Alexander Clark and community leader George V. Black began recruiting for the 1st Regiment of Iowa African Infantry.
February 24, 2019, 2:00 PM
Dedication of the Alexander Clark Room featuring remarks by Professor Adrien Wing of the University of Iowa College of Law. There will also be an exhibit of historic photos with commentary by Kent Sissel, preservationist and current owner of the Alexander G. Clark House. The event celebrates Alexander Clark Day (born Feb. 25, 1826) and the upcoming first anniversary of the Merrill Hotel and Conference Center. From the top-floor conference room named for Muscatine's famous 19th century resident, you can enjoy a birdseye view of his 1878 house.
Refreshments will follow the presentations.