A celebration of Mesa’s
Washington Park Community
February 8, 2020 – July 18, 2020
Hallelujah Hats! is a celebration of the churches of Washington Park through the jewelry, hats, and fashion worn by church goers. It documents the once thriving segregated African American community in Mesa, Arizona. From the early days of slavery to today, the African American community has embraced the church as a symbol and site for inspiration, guidance and hope. The tradition of adorning oneself has deep roots dating back to the first African Slaves in America. Guest curator Bruce Nelson presents an exhibition focusing around five churches in the Washington Park neighborhood. The exhibit includes vintage hats, purses, gloves, costume jewelry, and shoes. Historic photographs (baptizing in the canal), and oral histories will be displayed. There will also be a showing of the documentary Gospel Radio Man.