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Celebrating Black History Month at the Customs House Museum


The Customs House Museum celebrates Black History Month with exhibits of both art and history. Featured artists are Ross Jordan and Ludie Amos. Heritage Hall, located in the 1898 building of the museum will feature exhibits on Dr. Burt and the African American Regiments of Tennessee.

Ross Jordan exhibits a variety of oil paintings created throughout his life.

Jordan was always interested in creating but did not start to focus on his art until he had been in the army and raised a family. The subjects are personal to Ross. Whether a landscape of the Nashville skyline or a father gently fixing his daughter’s hair, each painting reveals a part of Jordan’s life. The exhibit is displayed in the Orgain Gallery through February 28th.

In conjunction with Ross’s exhibit, the museum is showcasing Ludie Amos’ polymer dolls in the Bruner Gallery. The series, entitled “The Artisans” include a sculptor, a potter, and a basket weaver, among others. Amos, a resident of Clarksville, spends several hours studying artists at craft fairs and demonstration prior to working with polymer and cloth. She creates the doll, accessories, and clothing herself, always paying attention to detail and scale. Ludie’s dolls will be on exhibit through April 3rd.

On the historical side, the Customs House will feature Dr. Robert Burt, known for starting the Home Infirmary, the first hospital in Clarksville. Dr. Burt was a skilled surgeon, performing between 300 and 400 procedures a year during his time as a practicing physician. He was doing C- sections years before they were common practice, held tonsil clinics for needy children, and treated obstetric patients at Fort Campbell before there was a hospital on Post. Adjacent to the Dr. Burt exhibit, the museum hosts a small military display in the Treasure’s Vault.

The Customs House Museum is located at the corner of Second and Commerce Streets. Regular museum hours are 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 to 5 pm on Sundays. Adult admission is $5, Sr. Citizens $4, College ID $2, Ages 6 to 18 $1, and under six is free. For more information or images on above events, contact Terri Jordan, Community Relations Director, at 931-648-5780 or .


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