Discovering Michigan’s Rural Black Heritage through Photographs and Oral History
Name: Discovering Michigan’s Rural Black Heritage through Photographs and Oral History
Date: August 15, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
A photograph is an illustration of the living past. Whether it’s a picture of a loved one or a stranger, it has a story to tell. The light that fell on those faces reaches us centuries later, bringing an image of what African-American pioneers in outstate Michigan looked like between 1880 and 1950. Twinkling eyes stare at you and tight lips want to mumble a word or two, yet they can’t. However, through the use of oral tradition, gathered from descendants and meticulously gleaned by a trained historian, a partial account of their ancestors’ experiences in outstate Michigan can be explored. Sponsored by the Friends of the Flat River Community Library.