Ribbon cutting at Bertha Lee Strickland Cultural Museum

An historic event takes place in Seneca on Thursday, Nov. 19. The public is invited to the 11:30am ribbon cutting at the Bertha Lee Strickland Cultural Museum, which celebrates the Golden Corner’s rich African-American history and culture. The Strickland Cultural Museum at 208 West South 2nd Street in Seneca is a network of two houses, one of which was occupied by Mrs. Bertha Lee Strickland until the time of her death in 1971. The City purchased the property in 2009 and the Seneca City Council approved funding for the construction of the museum in 2014. Construction and restoration began in February 2015 and was completed in June 2015. The Strickland Cultural Museum will be an exhibit museum and will rotate display of its collections 2-3 times a year. The official opening date of the Museum is scheduled for Feb. 12, 2016 to coincide with Black History Month. On display for the ceremonial ribbon cutting will be, “Places in Time.” This exhibit highlights three of the oldest historic African American landmarks in Oconee County. Refreshments will be served as city leaders cut the ribbon and welcome the public inside the Bertha Lee Strickland Cultural Museum.