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A History of Black Milwaukee

May 1st

There have been Black Milwaukeeans for as long as there’s been a Milwaukee. African Americans were here when the future metropolis was just a fur-trading post, and they grew with the city during its rise as a hotbed of abolitionist activity, an industrial powerhouse, and a haven for immigrants. The group’s numbers soared during the Great Migration of the twentieth century, and Black Milwaukeeans are the city’s largest single cultural group today. Unfolding over nearly two centuries, their story is an inspiring chronicle of struggle, resilience, and pride.
This program reflects ABHM’s commitment to “Bringing Our History to Light” and my own conviction that, in a city too often identified by its European heritage, history belongs to everyone.


May 1st
6:00 pm


America’s Black Holocaust Museum
401 W. North Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53212 United States
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