The Lewis Latimer Society of Chelsea and Historian George Ostler held a combined event on Tuesday night in which a 150th Civil War Anniversary historical exhibit in the City Hall Gallery was unveiled along with the opening of the new Lewis Latimer Museum at the Chelsea Public Library. Ron and Leo Robinson first welcomed a healthy crowd to the City Hall Gallery to take in exhibits on on historic figures from Chelsea who played a variety of roles in the Civil War. That included late Mayor Frank Fay – who served as a medic in virtually every major conflict – and a nurse from Chelsea who pushed to treat black and white soldiers in a more equal manner.
Later, the new Lewis Latimer Museum was officially opened to the public at the library – where artifacts and historic presentations are now carefully arranged. The Museum will open to the public by appointment in the future.