Museum of American Armor announces The Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III has been appointed to its Board
President and founder of the Museum of American Armor, Lawrence Kadish, today announced that the Reverend Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III, President of SUNY College at Old Westbury and Pastor of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, has agreed to serve on the board of the armor museum as the institution becomes a compelling educational destination that tells the story of our collective American experience in defending freedom.
“I am honored to be involved in a museum that not only seeks to acknowledge the heroes in our own families but to also broaden our understanding of how America’s military became an important weapon in our battle to dismantle segregation, confront prejudice and defeat racism here at home,” stated Dr. Butts.
New York State Regent Roger Tilles stated, “Congratulations to the armor museum for getting the services of the distinguished Calvin Butts on their Board of Trustees. It makes sense for this great educational institution to bring on a man who has been a paragon of educating young people for so many years. His ability to inspire and lead will fit well with one of Long Island’s premier educational institutions.”
“Among those welcoming the announcement was a delegation who recently toured the museum during Black History Month; Brig. General George A. Jones (Ret.) Babylon Town Councilwoman Jackie Gordon, who serves as a Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, Korean War veteran William Porter, Jr., and Army Sergeant Jessie Bell.
“I know I echo the thoughts of many veterans throughout the region when I say that the arrival of Dr. Butts to the museum’s board brings additional depth to its role as an education destination for families who need to better appreciate the role of all Americans in the defense of our freedoms,” stated Councilwoman Gordon.
Opened in cooperation with Nassau County and County Executive Edward P. Mangano, The Museum of American Armor at Old Bethpage Village Restoration, 1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage, is a living tribute to every American who has worn the uniform and those who continue to defend our nation today as we face current threats.
It is open Wednesday through Sunday, between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Admission is $10, adults; $7, children 5 – 12 (under 5 admitted free); and $7 for seniors, volunteer firefighters and veterans. Admission provides visitors with access to both the armor museum and the adjacent Old Bethpage Village Restoration. More information can be found at www.museumofamericanarmor.org and on Facebook.