OPENING RECEPTION: MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2016 • 6:00PM CHECK OUR EVENTS PAGE FOR OTHER EXHIBIT-RELATED EVENTS. Purchased Lives: The American Slave Trade from 1808 and 1865 exhibition covers a 57-year period, from America’s abolition of the international slave trade through the end of the Civil War. During this time, more than two million people were forcibly moved within […]

Carrie Early Broadfoot was a pioneer in the development of nursing in North Carolina. She was a founder of the North Carolina Association of Colored Graduate Nurses (NCACGN) and served as its first president. Carrie Early Broadfoot was born on June 13, 1870 in Lynchburg, Virginia. She was educated at Frederick Douglass Memorial Hospital in Philadelphia, […]

Harvey Bernard Gantt is an American architect and Democratic politician active in North Carolina. Gantt was the first African-American student to be admitted to Clemson University after attending Iowa State University. Gantt was born in Charleston, South Carolina to Wilhelminia and Christopher C. Gantt, a shipyard worker. He started to participate in civil rights activism […]

Chester Himes is best known as a famous novelist during the Harlem Renaissance era. However, before he was a famous writer, he was a young criminal. His life changed abruptly after being arrested in Chicago. One night in November 1928, Himes walked into the home of an elderly couple and later made away with their […]

Political activist Kathryn Magnolia Johnson was one of the first members of the NAACP in Kansas City. Her involvement with the organization lead to her presence on the front line fighting for equality. Johnson was born in Drake County near Greenville, Ohio, to Walter and Lucinda Jane McCown Johnson. She attended public schools in New Paris, Ohio, and […]


Nathaniel H. ‘‘Nat’’ Reese was a prominent blues musician. Reese was born in Salem, Virginia on March 4, 1924. When he was four, Reese’s family moved to Itmann, Wyoming County, where coal jobs were plentiful. In 1935, the family moved to Princeton where Reese heard a rich musical mix from big-name jazz musicians, local black […]

The Charleston Hospital Workers Strike, 1969 occurred when African-American hospital workers at the South Carolina Medical College Hospital in Charleston (now MUSC) went on strike when twelve of their co-workers were fired after protesting their treatment and working conditions. The strikers hoped to win back the positions for the twelve who lost their jobs, as […]

In 1951, Drake University’s football team was undefeated before they faced off against Oklahoma A&M in Stillwater. Drake went into the game with the nation’s leading player at the time, Johnny Bright. Bright was the first Black college football player to play at Oklahoma’s Lewis Field in 1949, during which he led the NCAA in total offense as […]

John Adam “Sleepy” Estes was a singer, guitarist, and songwriter who is considered to be one of the most important artists in blues history. Estes was born into a sharecropping family just outside of Ripley, Tennessee, but raised in Brownsville. He got his nickname “Sleepy” because he liked to take a lot of naps. Estes […]

Actress Claudia McNeil is best known for her role as matriarch Lena Younger in both the stage and screen productions of A Raisin in the Sun. She later appeared in a 1981 production of the musical version of the play; Raisin presented by Equity Library Theater. McNeil was born in Baltimore, Maryland, to Marvin Spencer […]

The Georgia Infirmary was the first hospital for African Americans built in the United States. Chartered on December 24, 1832 “for the relief and protection of aged and afflicted Africans,” it was established by the Georgia General Assembly and funded by a $10,000 grant from the estate of Thomas F. Williams, a local merchant and […]

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