The Pan-American Exposition of 1901 was a world’s fair that took place in Buffalo from May 1, 1901 to November 2, 1901.  At the Paris Exposition in 1900, activists and individuals such as W.E.B. DuBois contributed an entry for the United States, titled the “Negro Exhibit.” This exhibit displayed the life and achievements of the African American population in the years following their emancipation. Buffalo’s African American community in particular wanted to include the exhibit at the next world fair.

However, the Pan-American Exposition had other plans. They presented two African American exhibits, and both were stereotypical, inauspicious and offensive. To learn more about the Pan-American Exposition, check out the video below.

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Contributed by Katherine Trautwein