Vigo County History Center Presents: Dr. Crystal Reynolds: “Willa Brown”

Vigo County History Center Presents: Dr. Crystal Reynolds: “Willa Brown”

The Vigo County History Center wishes to invite you to a special program in honor of Black History Month on Saturday, February 19th at 3:00 pm, “Willa Brown” by: Dr. Crystal Mikell Reynolds.

This event is part of the OLLI *Osher Lifelong Learning Institute program at Indiana State University. Presentation is included in the regular price of admission to the museum. Dr. Reynolds’ mission is to advocate the powerful impact of our local Black History, as she shares her personal research of Terre Haute’s Aviatrix, Willa Brown Chappell. Throughout her amazing life, Willa Brown Chappell championed the causes of all, including African Americans and women. Brown is not only a local hero in history, she is a national treasure. Visit the History Center this Saturday in the auditorium on the third floor of the museum- to learn more about the life of the first African American Woman to gain her pilot’s license in America, along with many other firsts. Dr. Reynolds talk will include the early life of Willa Brown, her work with the Tuskegee Airmen, and her life as an educator in Chicago.

The Vigo County History Center is honored to host this event and to share Dr Reynold’s philosophy that, “…Black history is everybody’s history.” The museum, now open at 929 Wabash Avenue strongly supports the continued education of cultural and ethnic heritage.

Through a number of programs and exhibits, like the African American Experience, in the County History exhibit, Quilts of the Lost Creek Settlement, Origins of African American settlement in Vigo County, the Frederick Douglass signature, and several notable figures of Black History- they promote the influence and accomplishments of Terre Haute’s Black community.

Executive Director of the museum, Marla Flowers hopes visitors will glean from Dr. Reynolds’ distinguished experience a sense of pride for our community as well as for the diverse cultural heritage in Vigo County.

For more information on this event go to or call 812-235-9717.