Black History Month celebrated in Rockford

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ROCKFORD, Ill (WIFR) -- February is Black History month nationally, but Rockfordians are using it to honor those who paved the way.

Black History exhibit

The Ethnic Heritage Museum in Rockford dedicated a new exhibit to the area's Black history. The exhibit takes on a local angle, and highlights the African American businesses that were in operation during the time of the Civil Rights Movement.

Some of those businesses the exhibit honors are the Crusader Newspaper, as well as Ebony Auto Service. Crusader is Rockford's first and longest-serving African American Newspaper. Ebony was one of the first minority- owned gas stations in Rockford.

The exhibit honors many more prominent figures. "One of those people was my grandmother, May Stanford," says Myla Stanford, who was visiting the exhibit Sunday. "So that's what really brought us here just to see what the exhibit was going to look like for my grandmother."

The exhibit will remain open this month for anyone to visit and learn more about the Black heritage in Rockford.