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You can meet the Watson family in the Streets of Old Milwaukee for free this Thursday. (PHOTO: Milwaukee Public Museum)

Free admission Thursday is a great time to meet the Watsons at MPM

In honor of Black History Month, the Milwaukee Public Museum has created a program spotlighting the story of the Watson family, who will offer insights into the city's African-American community at the dawn of the 20th century.

"Sully and Susanna Watson took their family from the oppressive conditions of antebellum Virginia in 1834 and, after several years in Ohio, arrived in Milwaukee in 1850," notes the MPM web site. "Through skilled labor and business entrepreneurship, the couple played a vital role in establishing Milwaukee's black middle class."

You can meet the Watsons for free on Thursday, Feb. 7 when admission to the Milwaukee Public Museum is free as part of Kohl's Thank You Thursday.

Free admission also includes one planetarium show on the first Thursday of every month.

A daily programs, Mondays-Fridays, from 10 a.m. until noon, will use artifacts and objects that actually belonged to the family to help illustrate their lives in Milwaukee. The program hours will be expanded to 2 p.m. on Thank You Thursday.

The objects are drawn from a collection of Watson family papers and photographs that arrived at the museum in 1992. Eight years later, a Watson family home was added to the Streets of Old Milwaukee.


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