CLEVELAND, Nov. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- A definitive exhibit about Carl & Louis Stokes, two seminal figures in American History, will open to the public on Saturday, November 18, 2006 at the Western Reserve Historical Society. (WRHS). Visitors to the exhibit can gain insight into the "worlds" of these two brothers who grew up in Cleveland -- from their own boyhood heroes to the Civil Rights movement, as well as their involvement in local, regional and national politics, and the importance of the legacies they helped to create. The exhibit seeks to tell the story of the two brothers whose amazing parallel accomplishments are unique and inspiring. Carl Stokes served as Mayor of Cleveland from 1967 to 1971, and was also a municipal judge and U.S. Ambassador. Older brother Louis Stokes was elected to a U.S. Congressional seat for 15 terms from 1969 to 1999. During his tenure he was the chair of the House Select Committee on the King Kennedy Assassinations, Iran-Contra, and a pivotal figure in the Black Democratic Caucus. The exhibit contains over 250 photographs and images, video and audio clips, as well as nearly 100 original objects. The sections, arranged chronologically, follow the Stokes brothers from their boyhood home in Outhwaite, one of the first federally-funded housing in the country, to their teen years and service in the military during World War II. Additional sections follow the arc of the brothers' political careers and their influence, from the 1960s and the burgeoning Civil Rights movement to their successes as Mayor and Congressman. Subsequent parts of the exhibit examine how the community remembers Carl and honors Louis Stokes -- including the naming of significant buildings and programs. The exhibit opens to the public on Saturday, November 18. A Preview Gala takes place on Friday, November 17, which includes a performance by jazz great Jimmy Scott. The exhibit runs through 2008 will also include an Oral History project, public programs, a national symposium, and also includes the processing of Louis Stokes' papers by the Western Reserve Historical Society. The Western Reserve Historical Society operates eight historical properties in northeast Ohio at five locations and is the oldest cultural institution in Northeast Ohio.
SOURCE The Western Reserve Historical Society