New to Heritage Square this January, this exhibit explores Arizona’s part in the migration of African Americans from the rural South to the cities of the North, Midwest and West from approximately 1915 to 1970. Mainstream narratives of the state have previously marginalized Black people and left out their stories, rendering them indiscernible. This exhibit tells their story, exploring the search for new beginnings and financial opportunity, as well as the experiences of racism and isolation faced by both early migratory cotton pickers and newer residents. It provides a glimpse into the lives of ordinary Black Arizonans, celebrates the survival of their ancestors, and of their establishment of enduring and thriving communities in the Valley of the Sun.
Exhibition Date: January 10 – May 31, 2020.
Location: Stevens-Haustgen Heritage Gallery
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