Black History Month

Photo of Sarann Knight Preddy

Sarann Knight Preddy

Sarann Knight Preddy (1920-2014) was an entrepreneur, civil rights activist, and the first black woman to receive a gaming license in Nevada.  In 1950, she and her husband moved to Hawthorne, Nevada where she received her gaming license for the Tonga Club; the town’s only gaming establishment for African Americans. When Sarann returned to Las […]
Victor H. Green

The Green Book

Our Black History traveling trunk contains various objects for students to explore in addition to a video presentation. The item that is included is a 1949 edition of “The Negro Motorist Green Book”. This was an essential US guide for African Americans traveling during the segregation era.  It listed businesses and accommodations that welcomed people […]
Image of Paul Revere Williams

Paul Revere Williams

We share this history, not only in recognition of #BlackHistoryMonth, but in recognition of a man who contributed so much to the design of some of Las Vegas’ most unique buildings, as well as residential homes, for which he had a particular passion. Paul Revere Williams was born in Los Angeles in 1894 and became […]

Black History Month 2020

Nevada State Museum plans exhibit, lectures for Black History Month Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas will be celebrating Black History Month with a new, large-scale photography exhibit and a series of lectures throughout February. The exhibit, “Obsidian & Neon: Celebrating Black Life and Identity in Las Vegas”, is a photo-narrative exhibition of large-scale black-and-white photography […]