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Opening exhibit of State Senator J. B. "Jet" Banks Historic Artifacts During Black History Month

Opening exhibit of State Senator J. B. "Jet" Banks Historic Artifacts During Black History Month

The George B. Vashon African American Museum located at 2223 St. Louis Ave is presenting the opening exhibit of Missouri State Senator J. B. "Jet" Banks during Black History Month 2021 from February1, thru February 27, 2021. The hours of the event will be 11:00am to 2:00pm daily. or by appointment. We will limit the number of people into the museum. You must wear a mask and practice social distancing. Admission is free to children 12 and under. Admission for those 13 and above  is $5.00 donation during the month of February.  This exhibit consists of Senator J. B. "Jet" Banks' personal  artifacts, which are being used to tell his remarkable story. This exhibit acknowledges the accomplishments of Senator Banks as a dedicated Senator, Mortgage Banker, Real Estate Broker, and Director of several Missouri corporations. It will feature notable memorabilia from the life work of Senator Banks, including photographs, framed bills and pen he was able to get passed into law. It will also include his wife, Anita Jenkins-Banks memorabilia who devoted her life to the community as a nurse, operated the Airport Limousine Service, Commissioner of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. State Celebration Commission for twenty-five years,  and president of the Sickle Cell Anemia Association. "We are deeply honored to be able to recognize the life work of these learned Missourians whose accomplishments might be ignored were we not to have placed these artifacts on display for the public  to see their contributions to the State of Missouri". The press is cordially invited to this event. Senator J. B. "Jet" Banks was born in Hermondale, Missouri in 1924.  His father was a sharecropper. After high school he enrolled at Lincoln University in Jefferson City and graduated with a degree in mathematics. Banks did graduated work in business and public administration at Saint Louis University and Washington University. In 1968, Banks was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in the 54th and 80th Districts in St. Louis. During 1970's Banks guided legislation that brought Harris-Stowe College into the state's  higher education system. He was elected to the Missouri State Senate in 1976. Banks was the first African American to be elected Assistant Majority Floor Leader by the Democratic Caucuses of both the House and the Senate in the Nation. In 1999, due to poor health, Senator Banks retired after a 32 year career in the Missouri State Legislature. He died of Natural Causes on October 12, 2003 in Las Vegas while attending a conference. The George B. Vashon Museum of   African American History was founded by retired educator Calvin Riley and educator Calra Brown-Riley. Calvin has been a collector of historic African American artifacts  for over 40 years. In 2006, after locating the artifacts of George B. Vashon, they were inspired to open a museum to display the rare collections to the public. Come a see this rare collection. We honor their successes which benefited  so many people in the St. Louis Communities.  For information call Calvin Riley at 314-749-6322 or  

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