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Hometown civil rights pioneers on display

The Kitsap County Historical Museum features an exhibit focusing on local civil rights leaders including Al Colvin, a Tuskeegee Airman, who was a Bremerton City Councilman and longtime city advocate.  - Charles Melton/staff photo
The Kitsap County Historical Museum features an exhibit focusing on local civil rights leaders including Al Colvin, a Tuskeegee Airman, who was a Bremerton City Councilman and longtime city advocate.
— image credit: Charles Melton/staff photo

Kitsap County Historical Museum exhibit showcases local black leaders.

Their names might not carry the national thunder or recognition of Rosa Parks, Medgar Evers or Thurgood Marshall, but Al Colvin, Loxie Eagans and Lillian Walker played instrumental roles in the civil rights movement in Kitsap County.

Those contributions will be on display through this month at the Kitsap County Historical Museum in downtown Bremerton as museum curator Erin O’Brien, who has been with the museum for six months, worked with the Black Historical Society of Kitsap County to develop this year’s Black History Month exhibit.

“All of this comes from the Black Historical Society of Kitsap County and Al Colvin’s widow loaned us some stuff as well,” O’Brien said.

Colvin was a Tuskegee Airman, a Bremerton City Councilman and a longtime civil rights and youth advocate in Bremerton and Kitsap County before his death last February.

“We wanted to show the leaders of the civil rights movement locally and that includes Al Colvin, Loxie Eagans, the Walkers and the Greers,” she said. “It’s good for people to see what happened locally,” O’Brien said, crediting Bremerton City Councilwoman Dianne Robinson for much of the work currently on display in the museum.

In addition to the artifacts on display, the Sinclair Project DVD is being shown to tell the story of the Sinclair Heights housing development, which is now largely auto dealerships.

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children. The museum is located at 280 Fourth St. in downtown Bremerton.

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