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Our Gathering Places: African Americans in Minnesota

Closes June 1, 2003

Our Gathering Places takes you back to an important "gathering place" in any community- - the neighborhood barbershop and beauty salon. Visitors step into authentic barbering and hair styling environments complete with counters, hair-cutting tools, chairs and mirrors.

Some of those mirrors do more than reflect. Two dissolve into object theaters that use narration, high-tech lighting and multi-media storytelling to show the experiences of African Americans in Minnesota who encountered obstacles on their way to finding their niche in the community. Visitors will hear stories about the fight for desegregation in Minneapolis restaurants, finding a job, and battling workplace discrimination.

Interview with Dr. David Taylor, Guest Curator

Meet John and Leslie Garner, community volunteers