HUNTINGTON, NY (CBSNewYork) — Black History Month is being celebrated with a new exhibit on display in Huntington.

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Photos and narratives on the homes of Booker T. Washington and John Coltrane are among the highlights of the Black History Month exhibit that opened Wednesday at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Huntington.

Also on display are the houses by Samuel Bolton, a successful farmer and businessman known as the “Pickle King” with an interesting past, says historian Hellen Bachswell.

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“He was born a slave and came up north when freedom happened and with a tenant farmer, he developed an extremely successful farm and business which we still celebrate today,” said Bachswell.

Bachswell says too much african-American history hasn’t made it into our classrooms and says that’s why Black History Month is so important.

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