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Sounds of Blackness Sign

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | February 1, 2019

Happy Black History Month!

Today's highlight is one of our favorite pieces, but at 5 feet long we can't display it as often as we'd like. It's a bus sign advertising Sounds of Blackness, a Twin Cities-based music ensemble led by choir director Gary Hines. Three of the group's recordings have won Grammy awards. The sign was originally used on a bus operated by the Jefferson Transportation Company of Minneapolis during the 1970s.