Stories tagged: "Wisconsin Black History"


20 Black Men & Women Who Shaped Wisconsin History

From the first slaves fighting for freedom to the modern day leaders rallying for change, Black people have positively and permanently changed the Badger state. This Black History Month, we're sharing their stories.

From Restoring Reproductive Freedom to Saving Social Security: Democrat Mandela Barnes, on How He’d Improve Your Life

Wisconsin's Lt. Gov and Democratic nominee for US Senate Mandela Barnes talks about his background, why voting matters, and his fight to restore reproductive freedom and protect Social Security.

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Juneteenth Can Be More Than a Remembrance of the Past—by Supporting Wisconsin’s Black-Owned Businesses in the Present

For only the second time in history, the entire country will celebrate the newest federal holiday. This is the third year the Juneteenth flag will fly above the Wisconsin state capitol.

Graphic illustration by Morgaine Ford-Workman. Photos provided by Wisconsin Historical Society.
The True Story Behind Abolitionists Who Helped Joshua Glover Escape

“It’s a white hero rescuing Black people, and I think that that serves a very particular narrative.”

Members of Wisconsin's Pleasant Ridge community, located near Dodgeville in Iowa County, circa 1895. (Photo provided by Wisconsin Historical Society)
Wisconsin’s Black History Is Complex and Largely Unacknowledged, Say Historians

“I think that we should ask Wisconsinites: Think about why very few people know this history when this is not hard to find.”