New Exhibit Explores Rich History of African Americans in Rural California

We Are Not Strangers Here: African American Histories in Rural California Now on Display at Milpitas Library

WHAT: The Milpitas Library is proud to present the traveling exhibit We Are Not Strangers Here: African American Histories in Rural California. While it is widely known that many Black people who migrated to California moved to big cities, there were also many Black families who moved to rural areas of the state.

This exhibit highlights the unknown and untold stories of Black farmers, ranchers and rural residents from the 1849 Gold Rush to today who lived as far north as Siskiyou County, to the Central Valley, to the Imperial Valley in the South. There are also podcasts available on Soundcloud and an audio tour that features scholars and descendants of rural Black Californians that will complement the experience of the exhibit.

WHO:  Santa Clara County Library District, Milpitas Library, Exhibit Envoy

WHEN/WHERE:  Milpitas Library Courtyard

                              160 North Main Street, Milpitas, CA 95035

                              Exhibit on display through Wednesday, January 4, 2023                                  

WHY:  The Santa Clara County Library District provides free access to diverse resources on a wide variety of subjects, including special programs like We Are Not Strangers Here. 

We Are Not Strangers Here is a collaboration between the Cal Ag Roots Project at the California Institute for Rural Studies, Susan Anderson of the California African American Museum, the California Historical Society, Exhibit Envoy and Dr. Caroline Collins from UC San Diego.