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.