SOURCE: DuSable Museum of African American History

May 03, 2007 13:17 ET

DuSable Museum of African American History in Search of Artifacts Detailing "The Professional History of Chicago"

CHICAGO, IL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 3, 2007 --The DuSable Museum of African American History has joined forces with educators and civic leaders, Nancy McKeever (2007 Chicago African American History Maker) and Dr. Annie Lawrence Brown, RN in the quest to secure "museum worthy" artifacts detailing "The Professional History of Chicago." The initiative will be announced during the 101st American Association of Museum's Conference in Chicago at 9:00 AM on Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at the Museum, which is located at 740 East 56th Place (57th Street and South Cottage Grove Avenue) in Chicago.

During the Announcement, the committee will formally accept a selection of archival artifacts from the family of the nation's first African American female Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Chicagoan Mary T. Washington. In 1939, Mrs. Washington founded what is today one of the most established professional accounting and consulting firms in the world, Washington, Pittman and McKeever, LLC. Mrs. McKeever's husband, Lester McKeever, CPA, JD (2007 Chicago African American History Maker), is Managing Principal of the firm today. Among the "priceless treasures" that will be presented are: Mrs. Washington's Certified Public Accountant License; a signed letter from then Vice President Hubert Humphrey acknowledging her achievements; her diploma from Northwestern University and a cadre of photographs. In 2006 on the anniversary of what would have been her 100th birthday, the Illinois CPA Society launched the Mary T. Washington Wylie Opportunity Fund to support educational opportunities, including scholarships, to encourage African-American students to become CPAs.

A special subcommittee of the Museum's Exhibition & Acquisition Advisory Committee (EAAC) is being formed to seek and find artifacts that detail the rich history of the African American business community of Chicago. The EAAC will set forth a series of guidelines and criteria detailing what makes an artifact "museum worthy." "This is a wonderful opportunity for the Museum to insure the preservation of other aspects of our culture through these unique artifacts and archival materials," said Charles Bethea, Director of Curatorial Services for the DuSable Museum.

The Mission of the EAAC includes, "enhancing the visitor's educational experiences offered in the Museum through suggested thought provoking exhibitions with subject matter of original thought that complements the Museum's mission."

The DuSable Museum of African American History, the first independent institution of its kind in the country, has been dedicated to the collection, preservation, interpretation and dissemination of the history and culture of Africans and Americans of African descent for 46 years. For more information on the Museum and its programs, please call (773) 947-0600 or you may visit our website at

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Raymond Ward
    (773) 947-0600 ext. 228
    740 East 56th Place
    Chicago, Illinois 60637