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Our Museum Hours Are:

Tuesday - Friday: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

 2:00 pm  - 4:00 pm

Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED

“Carefulness costs you nothing. Carelessness may cost you your life.” – Safety saying, early 1900’s

As we are transitioning into Fall, COVID-19 is going to thrive in this state, a cool dry environment. Please remember to wear your masks, wash your hands and stay 6 feet apart at all times.  We will continue to take the following precautions with our volunteers and visitors:

  • All volunteers are required to wear a face mask.
  • Volunteers will sanitize and disinfect shared services and artifacts frequently.
  • Volunteers are also required to wash their hands when they enter the museum.

We also recommend our visitors wear a mask and stay 6-feet-apart while also sanitizing after entering the museum and before leaving. 

Click here for link to CDC COVID-19 Updates & Guidelines
Heritage House Project

Work on the Heritage House Exhibit began on September 21st. 

Mr. Winston Byfield and six other volunteers made structural repairs to the foundation and exterior south wall. The Volunteers of this project were: Billy Graham, Allen Harrell, Rev. Bobby Jacobs, Tom Kurtchals, Eric Preston, and Jimmy Harrell. 

Repairs will resume in November. 

New Exhibit
Dominique Schmidt: "Resilience"

Stetson University

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Arts (2018)

Ethan F. Greene Award Recipient 2018

“Resilience is a feminine black figure who physically confronts the notion that there is nothing wrong, and that what society holds for the oppressed is not something felt every day. Each pose shows a struggle to escape, and yet there is no resolution. The mask is hard to see through, and the ropes constrict with each movement made. Martin Luther King Jr said, “Discrimination is a hellhound that gnaws at Negroes in every waking moment of their lives to remind them that the lie of their inferiority is accepted as truth in the society dominating them.” Those who experience discrimination may not feel that they can be free of those restraints, and I question whether society would bother to see that.”  

– Dominique Schmidt

New Exhibit
Remembering John Lewis
October 5, 2020

Remembering John Lewis: Exhibit, Books and Resources for all ages available at the museum.

An exhibit depiciting the life and legend of John Lewis is open at the museum starting this month. The exhibit was designed and created by Ann Harrell and our college intern Zaria Hayes. 

"U.S. Rep John Lewis" (The Boy From Troy)

John Lewis was a congressman for Georgia's 5th Congressional district, as well as an activist and leader in the Civil Rights Movement. Lewis died on July 17, 2020 after working tirelessly for over 50 years in the fight for civil and human rights. He worked alongside Martin Luther King Jr. and other Civil Rights Leaders and helped organize and participate in many Sit-Ins, Freedom Rides, and Marches. In 2010, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his amazing and selfless contributions to the Civil Rights Movement. His legacy will continue to live on in the hearts of those who believe in justice and equality, and who aspire to enact positive change in the world. - The New York Public Library, July 2020

October Black History Facts

1. October 1, 1962: James Meredith, first black student at University of Mississippi, began his first day of school after 3,000 Federal Troops quelled riots over his admission.

2. October 10, 1966: Founding of the Black Panther Party in Oakland, California by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale. 

3. October 14, 1964: Martin Luther King Jr. (Activist and Civil Rights Leader) awarded The Nobel Peace Prize at age 35. Making him the youngest man to do so.

4. October 16, 1940: Benjamin O. Davis Sr., became the first black general in the Unites States Army. 

5. October 19, 1944: United States Navy finally began to accept Black women into their field. 

Become A MSHBHM Member!

Due to the current Pandemic, the Museum has not been able to hold our Annual Meet & Greet Membership Event.


New Board Members Elected!

Three new members of the board of directors were elected at the Zoom Board Meeting on September 9th, 2020.

Those elected were:

  • Mrs. Kathy Griffith (serving on the finance committee)
  • Mr. Lee Griffith (chair the gold tournament committee)
  • Mr. Winston Byfield (chair the building maintenance committee)
Mary S. Harrell Black Heritage Museum

314 N Duss Street, New Smyrna Beach
FL 32168 United States

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