Library Hosts Exhibit

Black Town Exhibit

From January 12 through February 25, 2009, the Cameron University Library hosted “All-Black Towns of Oklahoma,” a special panel exhibit from the Oklahoma History Center.   This exhibit celebrated the history of 13 all-black towns which still exist today.  Originally, there were over 50 such towns which drew African-Americans from the Midwest and the South.  Oklahoma and the Indian Territories promised individuals freedom from prejudice and brutality found elsewhere.  Black communities thrived until the 1920s and 1930s when the Great Depression forced residents to leave in search of jobs.  Much of this history was illuminated by Dr. Russell Graves who provided an accompanying lecture on February 20th.   The lecture was well attended, but the exhibit itself brought over 250 community members to campus.  The exhibit and lecture were made possible through grant funds from the Oklahoma Humanities Council.