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The History and the Hair Story: 400 Years Without a Comb
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The History and the Hair Story: 400 Years Without a Comb

Presented by the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. 

Venue: Museum


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The History and the Hair Story: 400 Years Without a Comb is a journey through the history of the African American hair industry and its role in our present culture. From its origins in the seat of civilization to the epicenter of the civil rights movement, the comb’s untold story takes the spotlight in this exhibition by way of 400 years’ worth of artifacts, photography, historical accounts, propaganda, and much more. Local African American entrepreneur Dr. Willie L. Morrow, the creator of the California Curl and the first Afro pick comb, presents his extensive collection along with local artists who have been invited to tell their own Hair Story. Curated by Starla Lewis, Professor of Black History at San Diego Mesa College and frequent guest curator and lecturer at the Women’s Museum of California.

Learn more by viewing the CATALOG

Also on view – Information Retrieval: Mediated Memories of Landscapes – a publicly-engaged work, by 2015 Creative Catalyst Fellow Matthew Hebert, exploring the ubiquity of technology in almost all aspects of daily life and the myriad ways it impacts our experiences of our physical environments.  The work invites viewers to explore its visual and aural renditions of others’ memories of landscapes inflected by technology. More information about the artist at:


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Saturday, March 5 | 2:00pm

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  • Thursday – Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm
  • Sunday: 1:00pm-5:00pm


  • General Admission: $8
  • Student and Senior: $5
  • Center Members, Military, and children 12 years and under FREE

Enjoy 2-for-1 admission up to 4 people as part of Macy’s Museum Month.

(FREE museum admission with your tickets to that night’s performance)

Buy tickets online (below), or at the Center ticket office, or by calling 800.988.4253. The ticket office is open Tue. – Sat. 12–6 PM, and Sun. 12–5 PM.

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