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“Minnesota Black History 101: A celebration of Black life, history and culture in Minnesota” on display in Hennepin Gallery through March 28


Via a January 19 e-newsletter from Hennepin County:

“Minnesota Black History 101” features artifacts, memorabilia and narratives offering a unique glimpse into the lives of Minnesota’s pioneering African Americans. From the birth of George Bonga in 1802 to civil rights movements and beyond, the exhibit presents Minnesota’s Black history of faith, politics, music, sports and more.  The exhibit will open on Monday, January 22, in the Hennepin Gallery at the Hennepin County Government Center.

In honor of the upcoming Super Bowl, the exhibit also features photographs from Vikings team photographer Andy Kenutis and Vikings artifacts from the 1960s and 1970s.

The exhibit is curated by Hawona Sullivan Janzen from the University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center gallery. Sullivan Janzen has curated many collections and exhibitions throughout the Twin Cities

Christopheraaron Deanes, assistant curator, is a renowned Twin Cities artist and assistant principal at the Perpich Center for Arts Education.

The exhibition and corresponding events are sponsored by the Hennepin County Library in collaboration with the Minnesota African American Museum as part of their “History Comes Alive” series.

The Hennepin Gallery is free and open to the public Monday through Friday7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Hennepin County Government Center, A-level, 300 South Sixth Street, Minneapolis.

The gallery is a project of Hennepin County Communications.

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