Griot Museum of Black History celebrates art and culture of Black St. Louis

lois conley stands with a metal cake that says teh griot museum of black history. she is a black woman wearing round sunglasses and a purple coat.
Photo credit Debbie Monterrey/KMOX

If you’re looking for a way to celebrate Black history and culture in St. Louis this month, head to the Griot Museum of Black History. The museum just celebrated its 25th anniversary and weaves contemporary art into the city of St. Louis.

KMOX’s Debbie Monterrey stopped by the Griot Museum to learn more. Lois Conley, the founder and CEO of the museum, told her that Counterpublic has commissioned an art installation project of six pieces that will start on Jefferson at Cherokee and end at the museum on St. Louis Avenue.

“And not only that, we think the real coup is that David Adjay is doing it. He's the person who is responsible for designing the Smithsonian Museum of African American History,” Conley said. “So we feel like he's gonna come and do a major installation at this little place in North St. Louis.”

Conley said she started thinking about the idea for the museum in the early 90s, saying that St. Louis needed a museum that showcased the contributions of Black St. Louis and its history.

“Our history reaches into every other region and area of this country. And yet our history locally, we don't do anything to embrace it. We don't do anything to share it,” she said.

Hear more of her interview with KMOX’s Debbie Monterrey:

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