MASSAPEQUA - One Long Islander has turned her home into a museum of African-American artifacts, honoring her ancestors.
The museum is located at Carol Gordon's Massapequa home and contains artifacts that reflect more than 400 years of African-American history. Her collection is called "Unspoken History Treasures," and it gives a voice to the struggles and triumphs of African-Americans.
"I believe I'm doing it for my spiritual ancestors, to keep their voices going," says Gordon. "They can't speak for themselves anymore."
Gordon started her collection 40 years ago when her uncle gave her a poster of Josephine Baker, a 1920s performer. Promising her uncle that she would honor their ancestors by preserving the past, she began to shop at yard sales and antique shops for pieces of black history.
Eventually, her collection swelled to more than 10,000 artifacts. Gordon shares her treasures with students to teach them about the struggles and strengths of African-Americans.
The collection is available for viewing by appointment. To watch extended video of the interview with Gordon, go to Channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select the 'iO Extra' tab.
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