Stories of Local Black History March 12, 2022 through October 9, 2022 3rd Floor Halls
Stories of Local Black History profiles African American citizens of Fargo-Moorhead from the late 1800s to the present. The exhibition highlights businesses, social events, and travel details of individuals as chronicled in The Appeal, a St. Paul-based newspaper that shared the comings and goings of African-Americans all over the US, and other local media and historical documents.
African Americans have made the Fargo-Moorhead area their home ever since the towns were founded 150 years ago. Each of us has our own story and reasons for living where we do, but most often, we fit patterns made by big historical trends. The largest communities of African Americans are in southern states whose economies were once based on slavery or in cities that offered good-paying manufacturing jobs during the Great Migration in the 20th century. Neither of these trends describes Fargo-Moorhead, so our African-American community was numerically small during the 1800s and 1900s.
Each individual who made this their home was an exception to the rules, living lives contrary to the big patterns of history. This exhibit is about some of those exceptional people. In the last 25 years, our community has become a magnet for immigrants from Africa and countries of the African Diaspora. Education and economic opportunities have enticed thousands of African Americans from around the country to make their home here just in the last two decades.
Stories of Local Black History is funded in part by a grant from the Science Museum of Minnesota, which was made available in conjunction with HCSCC’s exhibition of RACE: Are We So Different?
Funding has been provided to HCSCC from the Minnesota Humanities Center through the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021. NEH is committed to Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan (SHARP)