Education programmer from Indiana named curator of Banneker museum

October 01, 1999|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

An education programmer at the Children's Museum of Indian-apolis has been named the new curator of Annapolis' Banneker-Douglass Museum, state officials said yesterday.

Marian Carpenter, who also has served as assistant program archivist for African-American history at the Indiana Historical Society, was selected last week for the newly created position at the museum, which has lacked leadership since its director was fired four months ago after less than a year on the job.

A curator "is something that's been needed," said Carroll Hynson Jr., chairman of the Commission on African-American History and Culture. "A curator is the backbone of the museum. He or she is the staff manager that sets the image and the thrust of the museum, and that is key."

Ed McDonough, a spokesman for the state Department of Housing and Community Development, which manages the museum, said Carpenter will earn $35,000 to $40,000.

State officials are reviewing 10 applicants for the job of director, Hynson said.

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