Black History Month Observance

"Beyond the Funny Pages:  The works of art and life captured in comics"


In celebration of Black History Month, the City of Pittsburgh is collaborating with Toonseum to present a monthlong exhibition in the lobby of the City-County Building titled "Beyond the Funny Pages:  The works of art and life captured in comics.” 

Throughout February, the free exhibit features artwork, photographs and other memorabilia to highlight the overwhelming contributions of three artists with ties to Pennsylvania:

  • Orrin C. Evans (born in Steelton), the first African American comic publisher;
  • Jackie Ormes (raised in Monongahela), the first African American woman cartoonist;
  • Clarence Matthew Baker (raised in Pittsburgh), a talented African American comic artist who crossed racial barriers and thrived in an era when comics and culture held strong prejudice against African American artists.
WHERE: City-County Building Lobby, 414 Grant Street, Downtown Pittsburgh
WHEN:   February 3 – 28, 2014, weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
INFO:     Call Citiparks at 412-255-2391


The 2014 celebration of Black History Month is presented by Citiparks in partnership with Toonseum and is sponsored by BNY Mellon and WAMO 100.


Reception Celebrated Exhibit Opening

A reception celebrated the opening of "Beyond the Funny Pages" on Monday, February 3, 2014. 

The ceremony in the City-County Building Lobby included refreshments, musical entertainment by Roger Humphries and remarks by Mayor William Peduto and other individuals involved with the City’s Black History Month celebration.



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