NYPA Hosts Civil Rights Exhibit in Honor of Black History Month

Lou Paonessa

January 28, 2014


LEWISTON—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) will host a special exhibit on civil rights in honor of Black History Month and the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, beginning Feb. 3, at its Power Vista, the admission-free visitors center for the Niagara Hydroelectric Power Plant.

“Civil Rights: Then and Now,” focuses on two significant American milestones, featuring photos and essays on the landmark Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision in 1954 and the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964. Students at area schools were invited to submit materials on these important events to help create the exhibit that was organized by NYPA.

NYPA will honor African American heritage throughout February, highlighted by projects submitted by area students and exhibits of several books local author, Willie A. Price. Price is the author of the youth publication, “This Week In Black History.”

Visitors are also invited to enjoy the Power Vista’s attractions, which include displays and interactive exhibits relating to the production of electricity, energy efficiency and the Niagara area’s history, plus spectacular views from the observation deck 350 feet above the Niagara River Gorge. Parking and admission at the Power Vista is always free.

The Power Vista is located on the grounds of NYPA’s Niagara Hydroelectric Power Plant at 5777 Lewiston Road, Lewiston, N.Y. For more information, contact NYPA’s Power Vista at 716-286-6661 or email npvista@nypa.gov.


About NYPA:

■The New York Power Authority uses no tax money or state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity. ■ NYPA has been designated as the lead entity via Executive Order 88 by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to form a central management and implementation plan to carry out his Build Smart NY plan to reduce energy use by state facilities by 20 percent by 2020.■ NYPA is the nation's largest state public power organization, through the operation of its 16 generating facilities in various parts of New York State, participation in a unique public/private partnership to contract for power from a clean generating plant in Queens, and its operation of more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■ More than 70 percent of the electricity NYPA produces is clean renewable hydropower. Its lower-cost power production and electricity purchases support hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the state.■For more information visit www.nypa.gov or follow us on Twitter @NYPAenergy, Facebook, Instagram, Wordpress, and LinkedIn.