COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — For a hundred years, the Black-owned moving company, Accelerated Laboratory Logistics, has served the city of Columbus.
On Friday, they celebrated that history, with the announcement of a new African American History Museum, inside their 77,000 square foot warehouse.
“This museum is going to tell the story, that’s what it’s all about,” said Todd Wilson, CEO of Accelerated Laboratory Logistics.
Wilson says his grandfather started the business in 1921, as Jacob and Sons Moving & Storage Company. At the time, they delivered household furniture, today they transport laboratory equipment. However, while their business may have changed, Wilson says their commitment to Columbus and its history has remained the same.
“A lot of the things that I see here, and the things that I’ve learned now, I’ve never heard of,” Wilson said. “And those are the things, so I think it depends on who is telling the story. And I wish I could tell the story, a super positive story.
Wilson says the museum will contain more than 2,000 artifacts, all collected from different periods of black history. Several people from the region came to see the first exhibitions.
“My greatest joy and my greatest purpose in life is to help and see how black people become business owners,” said Curtis Jewell, president of Excel Management Systems.
Community leaders say it’s something they hope to develop in Columbus.
“I can’t wait for the rest of Central Ohio to see what we see here today,” said Bo Chilton, CEO of IMPACT Community Action.
Chilton says Wilson is his cousin, but had no idea that for thirty years he had been collecting all these artifacts. However, he hopes the launch of this museum will inspire more people to learn more about black history.
“Once people see this, they will see the power of remembering our history, of remembering strength and resilience,” Chilton said.
Plans for the full opening of the museum are scheduled for later this year.
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