Early Influences of Rock ‘n’ Roll

In honor of Black History Month, we are thrilled to unveil our latest project: an immersive exhibit highlighting the Early Influences of Rock 'n' Roll! This captivating showcase pays tribute to the legendary artists who shaped and revolutionized the genre, leaving an indelible mark on music history.

    • February 29, 2024


From the electrifying rhythms of Chuck Berry to the soulful vocals of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, our exhibit shines a spotlight on the trailblazing musicians who paved the way for generations to come. Through a curated collection of artifacts, recordings, and multimedia presentations, we invite you to embark on a journey through the dynamic evolution of rock ‘n’ roll and discover the profound impact of black artists on its inception and development.

Each item featured in the exhibit serves as a testament to the creativity, innovation, and resilience of these visionary performers. From vintage concert posters to rare recordings, we’ve meticulously curated a diverse array of materials that capture the essence and spirit of the era, offering a glimpse into the cultural landscape that gave rise to one of the most influential genres in music history.

2023-2024 EXHIBIT

Below you will find photographs of the actual exhibit that was put on display in 2023 and once again in 2024 highlighting the Early Influences of Rock ‘n’ Roll. This exhibit featured unique items from the collection showcasing Black musicians’ contributions to the genre.