'Carl & Louis Stokes: From the Projects to Politics' Opens at the Western Reserve Historical Society

Nov 15, 2006, 00:00 ET from The Western Reserve Historical Society

    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