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Black History Month: Du Bois Award-Winning Exhibit

The American Negro Exhibit was created by W.E.B. Dubois and first appeared in the 1900 Paris Exposition Universelle, where it received seventeen awards. It presented a collection of materials to illustrate the progress of the Negro race in the United States since emancipation from slavery in 1863.

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Photo courtesy of the Buffalo Historical Society
Photo courtesy of the Buffalo Historical Society
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Black History Month: Seeking Better Lives in Buffalo

From 1915 onward, large numbers of African-Americans left agriculture areas in the South to seek better paying jobs in the industrial cities of the North. The industrial boom stimulated by World War 1 and the steel plant in Lackawanna drew African-Americans to Western New York in large numbers.

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Photo courtesy of the Buffalo Historical Society
Photo courtesy of the Buffalo Historical Society
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Black History Month: Witness Tackles McKinley’s Killer in Buffalo

On September 6, 1901, James B. Parker, a waiter at the Pan American Exposition in Buffalo, stood in line to shake President William McKinley’s hand. He emerged from this event as a hero when he tackled the anarchist Leon Czolgosz after the assassin shot the president twice in the stomach.

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Courtesy of the Buffalo Historical Society
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Niagara Movement: Du Bois and Washington Clash Over Beliefs

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a debate raged between African Americans who believed that they should temporarily accept inferior social and political status while building economic power, and those who believed that their political rights should be granted immediately.

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