We Are Not Strangers Here: African American Histories in Rural California

Next Upcoming Date: Thursday, March 30 2023
  • 11793 N. Micke Grove Road
  • Lodi, California

Starting during the Gold Rush and continuing through today, Black Californians have been part and parcel of rural areas. In this free-standing banner exhibit, little-known stories of African American farmers, ranchers, and rural residents challenge myths about California history. While it is widely recognized that many Black people who migrated to California moved into booming cities, African Americans are not strangers to rural California. Rural Black residents opened schools, worked the land, and exercised vigilance about the equal rights of citizens. Over successive migrations in the 19th- and 20th-centuries, generations settled in agricultural and rural areas from as far north as Siskiyou County, to the Central Valley, to the Imperial Valley in the South. (Text courtesy of Exhibit Envoy) We Are Not Strangers Here: African American Histories in Rural California is a collaboration between the Cal Ag Roots Project at the California Institute for Rural Studies;Susan Anderson of the California African American Museum;the California Historical Society; Exhibit Envoy; and Dr. Caroline Collins, Post-Doc Researcher from UC San Diego. This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the 11th Hour Projectat the Schmidt Family Foundation.

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Upcoming Dates For This Event:
  • Thursday, March 30
  • Friday, March 31
  • Saturday, April 1
  • Sunday, April 2
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