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“James Black : Life and Legacy” Exhibit Opens With Program In Washington

By Photos by Paul Oller, 04/11/22 9:34 PM

A new exhibit, “James Black : Life and Legacy” opened at Historic Washington State Park Sunday and will remain in place until January 28th.  The exhibit is open from 8am until 5pm daily at the 1874 Courthouse Visitor Center.  The exhibit is closed on Mondays when the park is closed.

Assistant Superintendent Billy Nations provided the program on the life of Black and his impact.  Black lived from 1800 to 1872 and moved to Hempstead County by the early 1800’s.  He is famous for forging the Bowie Knife for James Bowie.  In addition to his career as a bladesmith, he was also a public servant during the early years of Washington.