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September 19, 2018, 10:00 AM - February 28, 2019, 5:00 PM @ Muscatine Art Center
The local history gallery currently features “Alexander Clark: Civil Rights Leader.” Alexander Clark is regarded as Muscatine’s most prominent black citizen, and one of the community’s most accomplished residents and a prominent Iowa civil rights leader. Clark is notable in Iowa history for other things, too. He sued the Muscatine school board on behalf of his daughter, Susan, in a landmark case that outlawed school segregation in Iowa. His son, Alexander Jr., became the first black graduate of the University of Iowa law school in 1879. Alexander Sr. became the second black graduate of the law school in 1884 at the age of 58. In August 1862, Clark sent a letter to Governor Kirkwood offering to raise companies of black troops to serve in one of Iowa’s white regiments (this was at a time when integrated troops were not allowed). By the summer of 1863, Alexander Clark and community leader George V. Black began recruiting for the 1st Regiment of Iowa African Infantry.
December 7, 2018, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM @ Downtown Muscatine
An over 30-year annual tradition, the Holiday Stroll in downtown Muscatine is a festival during which the Muscatine community - and visitors - get together to celebrate the holidays.
Dozens of downtown stores and various Muscatine organizations participate in the stroll, decorating their storefronts, offering refreshments such as hot chocolate or becoming performance venues for singers, dancers, musicians and others spreading holiday cheer.
The night kicks off with the lighting of the Community Christmas Tree. The crowd enjoys all the live entertainment and fellowship downtown for the evening, bringing the holiday spirit to life.
The event takes place annually downtown on the first Friday evening in December. Second Street is closed for traffic, allowing the crowds to walk freely from merchant to merchant, as well as to and from all the live music and other performances.