On display at museum

The bicycle used by Arthur Anderson during many charity rides is examined. The special racing bike has seen action in several locations around the state.

Arthur Anderson again came through with impressive artifacts and books for Black History Month.

The display is available for viewing at the Zaner Robison Historical Museum in Royse City. The museum on Arch Street in downtown Royse City is open from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

The first portion of the display earlier this month featured sports memorabilia. This time the display features a more historical angle.

“I have a lot of nice things in my collection. It takes up my house, my closets and part of my garage,” Anderson said.

Anderson listed some of his favorite books he has on the Tuskegee Airmen. One of his prizes is an autographed copy of “Boundless Sky” by Lt. Calvin Spann, who was a member of that group.

Another interesting book is a volume on Booker T. Washington written by his cousin Kenneth M. Hamilton. Hamilton is a director of Ethnic Studies and a professor in the history department at Southern Methodist University.

He also has included books on Clarence Thomas, Senior Associate Supreme Court Justice; musician Joe Rice Dockery, Muhammad Ali, Rosa Parks, Kobe Bryant and former president Barack Obama, along with the poetry of Phillis Wheatley.

He also included several large posters, one featuring Harriet Tubman and George Washington Carver and a large-scale photo of persons involved in the Selma to Montgomery civil rights march.

Another poster concerns the slave ship Amistad, the story that was made into a movie in 1997.

Another part of the display was his professional bike, an Allez specialized model, he rode for charity in several races around the state.

“Yes, I rode in the ‘Hotter than hell’ race in Wichita Falls. One time I made the 50-mile course when it was 113 degrees. I noticed that the more mature riders were able to make it. I was proud of that,” Anderson said with a grin. “I knew it was going to be hot, it was 109 degrees in the morning.”

Anderson said he has ridden in many charity races in and around the Dallas area.

“This is just some of my collection. I have a plan for it,” Anderson said. “It’s things that interest me.”

Anderson also displayed and briefly wore a native African tribal print shirt.

Deloris Ballard, curator of the museum, said the display would remain up for several days.

Ballard added, “We have some exciting displays in the next few weeks. We have a display for Saint Patrick’s Day and we will also be featuring our collection of old newspapers. We have full issues of local papers dating back to 1919. They’re very interesting to read.”

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