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Wisconsin Black Historical Society/Museum
Presenter: Clayborn Benson III, Executive Director/Founder of Wisconsin Black Historical Society/Museum.
Clayborn Benson III produced the documentary Black Communities/Wisconsin, and it was this film that inspired him to establish the Wisconsin Black Historical Society/Museum (WBHS/M).
The WBHS/M is the only institution in the State dedicated to the business of preserving Wisconsin’s African American history. In producing the documentary, Benson discovered that the records and documents concerning the history and roots of African American people in Wisconsin were widely scattered and poorly preserved.
The WBHS/M, located on the corners of North 27th and West Center Streets, opened its door and its heart to the community, city, and state in 1987. Based on the premise that people who know their history will grow to love and appreciate themselves more, the Society is striving to create a bright future out of a heart breaking past. The mission of the WBHS/M is to document and preserve the historical heritage of African descent in Wisconsin. The Museum exhibits, collects, and disseminates materials depicting this heritage.
After 28 years in existence, the WBHS/M serves as a resource center for all people interested in Wisconsin’s rich African American heritage. The museum’s purpose is to encourage and promote family, community, and cultural activities.
For more information, visit: www.wbhsm.org
Host: Jo Ann Bishop
Sunday Forum is a Sunday morning lecture series at First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee that showcases provocative, sometimes controversial, speakers discussing topical issues of the day: politics, the environment, health issues, the arts, education and more. The Forum — in Max Otto Hall on our second floor — begins at 10:10 a.m. and lasts about 45 minutes. Speakers give a 30-minute presentation, followed by questions and brief comments from the audience. Coffee is served. Childcare is available.