Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — The National Black Memorabilia & Collectible Show will be Saturday and Sunday, April 21-22, 2012 at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 16 Chestnut Street, in Gaithersburg, Maryland. This is located in the Greater Washington, DC area. Show hours are Saturday, 10 am – 7 pm, and Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm. Admission is $7. This is the 28th year for this event. The objective of this show is to provide an environment where the public can purchase black memorabilia and be educated on the African American experience.
There will be many vendors from across the United States with black memorabilia and collectibles for sale including historical artifacts and documents, books, stamps, paintings, prints, textiles, autographs, toys, dolls, advertisements, photos, art, political and civil rights memorabilia, kitchen collectibles, coins, movie memorabilia, posters, sports and entertainment memorabilia, postcards and much more. Educational exhibits include slavery artifacts, Jim Crow memorabilia, the Buffalo Soldiers, Negro League Baseball, Marcus Garvey, Black Panther Party, Tuskegee Airmen, Malcolm X, George Washington Carver, Dorothy Dandridge, Madame C. J. Walker and others.
There will be autograph sessions with Negro League Baseball Players. Original Tuskegee Airmen Col. Charles McGee and Leroy “Boots” Battle will be at the show signing their books and talking with attendees about their experiences. Jeannette Carson will be signing her book “The History of The Black Memorabilia Movement”. Movie/TV celebrity guests include actress Lonette McKee who starred as “Sister” in the classic movie “Sparkle” and who was in the movies Malcolm X, Men of Honor, Round Midnight, Brewster’s Millions and many others. Also, the actors Ernest “Raj” Thomas and Haywood “Dwayne” Nelson who starred in the popular TV series “What’s Happening!” will be there. They will be signing autographs and talking to fans both days. Other celebrities to be announce.
For those collectors who want to know more about their items there will be onsite verbal black memorabilia appraisals for a fee of $5 per item. The $5 fee will be donated to charity. This is the largest black memorabilia and collectible show in the country and it attracts major vendors and collectors alike. There will be plenty of good food and free parking. The show is indoors and will be held rain or shine. To reach the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Gaithersburg take I-270 exit 11 and follow the signs
For more information or vendor space reservations, call (301) 649-1915, e-mail Ljohnsonshows@aol.com or view the website www.johnsonshows.com. Follow us on Twitter/ShowPromoter.
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