Museum Exhibits

The museum’s permanent collections focus on the history of Elmore County’s Black families, churches, schools and organizations.  Paintings by Wetumpka native Steve Mitchell, which depict scenes from life in Wetumpka, are on permanent display as well as paintings donated by native artist Columbus Cook.  Histories of Elmore County Training and W. B. Doby High Schools are also featured.

Several interesting items are on display that recognize the work and contributions of county residents. Among them is a plaque recognizing the first black students to intergrate Wetumpka High School in 1966. A display of Mrs. Eloyse Jones, famed Home Economics teacher that taught young ladies proper etiquette, attire and sewing skills. Mr. Isom Thomas directed the Wetumpka Recreation Center from 1962 – 1983, generations spent summers at the “rec”. The Wise Family donated a booklet, detailing the history of the Lucille Wise Memorial Foundation, Inc., which donated $5,000.00 in scholarships to 10 students in Elmore County from 1998 – 2002. The James W. Mack, Sr. Community Service Award ( a component of the Lucille Wise Memorial Foundation) was awarded to the person that devoted exceptional community service to Elmore County during the same period. Robert “Doby” Sims was the first black elected to the Elmore County Board of Education. Arthur Roberts was the first black police officer to serve the City of Wetumpka. There are many more items of interest throughout the museum.

 

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