February 8, 2020 – June 6, 2020
Mesa Historical Museum
Old Lehi School
2345 N. Horne
Mesa, AZ 85203
Hallelujah Hats! is a celebration of the churches of Washington Park through the jewelry, hats, and fashion worn by church goers. It documents the once thriving segregated African American community in Mesa, Arizona. From the early days of slavery to today, the African American community has embraced the church as a symbol and site for inspiration, guidance and hope. The tradition of adorning oneself has deep roots dating back to the first African Slaves in America. Guest curator Bruce Nelson presents an exhibition focusing around five churches in the Washington Park neighborhood. The exhibit includes over 100 vintage hats, purses, gloves, costume jewelry, and shoes. Historic photographs (baptizing in the canal), and oral histories will be displayed. The opening program of Hallelujah Hats! will feature traditional and contemporary Negro spirituals from two church choirs and activities for the whole family!
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Event subject to change without notice.