Press Release

  • August 24, 2023

New Website Launch for Historic Exhibition Celebrating the Trailblazing Journey of Zella Powell, the First African-American woman to Graduate from Eastern Illinois University in 1910 in Mattoon Illinois. Wright-Griggs Collection is thrilled to announce the official launch of a new website dedicated to showcasing a groundbreaking exhibition highlighting the remarkable achievements of Zella Powell and her family. The website will go live on September 6, 2023, with a soft launch starting immediately.

The exhibition,” Picture Perfect: Zella’s traveling Scrapbook “ features a compelling collection of artifacts, photographs, and documents, aims to honor the pioneering spirit and inspiring journey of this remarkable family who shattered barriers during a time of immense societal challenges and prejudices. By sharing her story, the exhibition seeks to celebrate her achievements as well as inspire future generations to strive for greatness, regardless of the obstacles they may face.

The new website will serve as a digital platform that allows visitors to explore the exhibition’s contents .Through an intuitive and user-friendly interface, visitors will have access to a curated selection of historical materials, including rare photographs, and significant artifacts, which provide invaluable insights into the life and accomplishments of this trailblazing family.

In addition to the website launch, Wright-Griggs Collection is pleased to offer the opportunity for venues to host the exhibition and bring this powerful story to their communities. Whether it’s a museum, educational institution, or cultural center, interested parties can contact Stephanie Wright-Griggs to inquire about renting the exhibition and hosting it at their venue. A dedicated rental form can be found on the exhibition website,, allowing potential hosts to express their interest and provide necessary details.

To experience the exhibition and learn more about this extraordinary individual and her groundbreaking journey, please visit The website will officially go live on September 6, 2023, and we encourage visitors to explore its rich content and share this important historical narrative with their friends, family, and colleagues.

For media inquiries, interviews, or additional information, please contact:

Stephanie Wright-Griggs
The Wright-Griggs Collection


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