The strength of iron

Art

February 04, 1999|By John Dorsey

In celebration of Black History Month, the Montpelier Cultural Arts Center is showing "SSS... When the Iron Was Hot: African-American Iron Workers in Laurel/Muirkirk, 1730-1930." It's a cumbersome title, but it pretty well explains the show, which explores what life was like for African-American ironworkers in the period of slavery and after, at the Patuxent and Muirkirk Ironworks in Prince George's County. It also shows the iron-making process and the architectural structures associated with iron production. Artifacts include iron ingots, 18th-century account books and firebacks.

At Montpelier Cultural Arts Center, 12826 Laurel-Bowie Road (Route 197 off Baltimore-Washington Parkway), through Feb. 28, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For information, call 410-792-0664.

Pub Date: 02/04/99

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