More than 20 masks are being loaned to the library from Zanesville resident, Phyllis Cerney. Some of the masks originate from Nigeria, Ghana, and Rwanda, and are detailed with glass beads, carvings and coins.
"These are African masks that were my sons collection. He used to go to a street fair in Nashville every summer where a vendor was selling African masks, so for a period of six or eight years, he had collected twenty-something African masks," said Cerney.
Assistant Director of The John McIntire Library, Blair Tom says the display has already had a lot of viewers, and say she is looking forward to sharing the unique masks with the community.
"We’re noticing young people, families, people of all ages coming up and really enjoying and studying them. I’ve had several people stop and ask for more information about the masks. I think it is a way of sharing awareness regarding black history month in addition to al the other kinds if community," Tom said.
The masks will be on display in the Carnegie wing of the library until the end of the month. Cerney says she plans on donating the African masks to an institution after their stay at the library.