History. Heritage. Hands on!

Stop in the lobby and view our kiosk to learn about our exciting programs; view the bronze bust of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. created by world renown artist Elizabeth Catlett; take your pick and actually hear Dr. King speak by the simple push of a button.

King Kids
Talking African masks & rubbing station is a place where kids can listen to the mask as they tell their story; create a mask at the magnetic or rubbing stations; and turn a large mask wheel for questions & answers.

Visit the Recycling, re-tooling interactive displays where one can lift flaps, turn knobs and learn about what we can do to save our world. Mix & match to figure out what some art works are made from; stop and create at a magnetic station and test your skill at the game station featuring Fast Lane Racing Rally and Junkyard Gold for one or two players; and, visit the special professional artists works made from recycled, found household, natural and disposable objects.

Cradle of Jazz
Take a step back in time as you enter under the archways to the heydays of a by-gone era. Stop at the kiosk and learn of the rich and diverse history; push a button and listen to the sounds of musical legends of the “Cradle of Jazz” featuring the history of the historic Mt. Vernon Avenue allowing visitors to be informed about this area; lift a 1920’s phone and actually hear the voices of Roman Johnson, Elijah Pierce and Aminah; view the pages of the book called A Place called Home by Aminah; turn and view the visual art of Pierce, Robinson, Johnson and a host of other artists.

Pages of History
Stroll by the Ward Moving & Storage Company Pages of History by Aminah Robinson and listen to the voices of artist Aminah Robinson, Eldon Ward and Cathy Nelson as she reads an Ohio slave narrative.

Goree Island: The Door of No Return
Goree Island House of Slaves & the “Door of No Return” allow each person to experience what it was like to be held captive, to reach for freedom, be branded and taken to ports unknown and be sold into a life of slavery. Once captives passed through the opening to board ships they knew it was a door on no return!

Cargo: The Middle Passage
Cargo: The Middle Passage received a GCAC Artistic Excellence Award. Cargo provides a moving experience aboard a slave ship. Come hear, see, feel and know about an important part of world history… the transatlantic slave trade!

Hank Marr
Hank Marr’s Hammond B3 organ was left to the Complex by Hank. This installation consists of his organ, his captain’s hat and his favorite tie along with many of his award winning CD’s. There is audio playing several of his songs, a text panel highlighting his commitment to education and the music along with wonderful photos of Hank and friends.