THEORETICALLY, YOU COULD wait until August, when PBS‘ “Antiques Roadshow” rolls through town, to get a dose of historical culture and social commentary. But if you can’t bear to wait four months to figure out whether that old vase is worth anything, you should probably add to your collection instead with a visit to the National Black Memorabilia & Collectible Show Saturday at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds.

An annual event held by L. Johnson Promotions, which also puts together collectible shows and a black doll sale, the National Black Memorabilia & Collectible Show will feature a variety of different vendors offering toys, prints, paintings, textiles, dolls, kitchen collectibles, jewelry, postcards and practically anything else you can imagine. Specific exhibits will focusa on individuals such as Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X and George Washington Carver, as well as institutions like the Slave Relics Historical Museum of Walterboro, S.C.

But it’s not just consumerism — visitors will also have a chance to meet numerous Negro League baseball players, such as Mamie Johnson, Jimmy Bland and Pedro Sierra of the Indianapolis Clowns; boxing champion Leon Spinks and contender Earnie Shavers; and various Tuskegee Airmen. However, note that some of the autograph sessions — including the one with American Football League player, actor and director Fred “The Hammer” Williamson — require a fee.

» Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 16 Chestnut St., Gaithersburg; Sat. April 17, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; $6, 16 and under free; 301-649-1915.

Written by Express contributor Roxana Hadidi
Photo courtesy Johnson Promotions