Black History Month 2020


History is an integral part to the cultural landscape of Scranton. As we celebrate Black History Month, we reflect on the pivotal role Black people have played in shaping America’s national identity and culture. This exhibit marks an inaugural moment for both AFA Gallery and our community. It focuses on key Scrantonians and events in Northeastern Pennsylvania that defined the meaning of democracy, equality, and justice. 


“Been Lit: The Hidden History of the Electric City“

Feb. 01 – Feb 28, 2019


AFA Gallery,  514 Lackawanna Ave, Scranton, PA 18503

Been Lit: The Hidden History of the Electric City, will open on Saturday, February 01 at 2:00 pm, with a gallery tour and talk by the curator at 3:00 pm.  Works of Art, manuscripts, and artifacts, along with interactive content, will showcase the significance and rich complexity of local black history. The imagery and objects on display trace and document black heritage and culture of Scranton in a way that was has never been done before.  The awe-inspiring exhibit captures the extraordinary beauty and vitality of the community here in the Scranton region of Northeastern Pennsylvania—qualities that enticed free and fugitive blacks to settle and build community here in the 19th century.

The Black Scranton Project opens up its archive to public to honor and revitalize the legacy of this anthracite town’s African American community. This exhibit is an archival study drawn from local collections and extensive research, and showcases the acquisitions of local artists of color. It offers an opportunity to see Scranton through a different lens—a black perspective. 


February 01- February 28, 2019

12:00 p.m. –5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday

10:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Saturday

12:00 p.m. –5:00 p.m. Sunday


Gallery Talks 

Saturday, Feb. 01 – 3:00 pm:  Gallery talk with Curator and Founder of the Black Scranton Project, Glynis M.  Johns 

In Gallery Programming

Friday, Feb. 07 – 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm:  First Friday Opening

Related Programming

Tuesday, Feb. 04 – 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm : Underground Microphone: Black Scranton Takeover – Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave.  

Underground Microphone: Black Scranton Project Take Over

Thursday, Feb. 15 – 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm :  A Renaissance Noir: Annette St. John Quintet Pays Tribute to Black Women in Jazz