UWM Library exhibits honor Black History Month

The UWM Library is presenting three special pop-up exhibits in honor of Black History Month in the library’s Distinctive Collections: the UWM Archives, UWM Special Collections and the American Geographical Society Library.

Three pop-up exhibits at the UWM Library focus on the lives of Black Americans in Milwaukee and elsewhere. (Submitted photo)

The Special Collections portion of the pop-up exhibition focuses on African American book artists and photographers, including two artist’s books by noted Milwaukee artist and UWM BFA and MA alumna Evelyn Patricia Terry. Other artists represented include book artists and letterpress printers Clarissa Sligh, Amos Paul Kennedy Jr. and Carl Pope, and photographers Tyler Mitchell, Dawoud Bey and Gordon Parks.

The American Geographical Society Library exhibit is about the geographies of Black Americans’ lives in the United States and Milwaukee.

The Archives Department exhibit focuses on the civil rights era in Milwaukee. Images on display are from the records of Vel Phillips, Lloyd Barbee and other people and organizations who were instrumental in the struggle.

The pop-up exhibits are on dislplay in these areas of the library:

  • American Geographical Society Library: third floor, east wing, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Archives – third floor, west wing Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Special Collections – fourth floor Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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