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Historical Essay

Benjamin Butts (1853-1930)

One Man's Journey from Slavery to Madison Business Owner to State Assembly Staff Member

Learn about a freed slave's intriguing story as a barber serving Wisconsin's prominent politicians, and as a well-known, beloved face in the capital city.

The Natchez Poverty Report

View this gallery of photographs from an unpublished 1960s report on living conditions in the African-American neighborhoods of Natchez, Mississippi.

An early view of how a large corporation marketed a valuable piece of technology provides insight into contemporary views of consumerism and industry.

Historical Essay

Black History in Wisconsin

Read about Black history in Wisconsin. There are many links to original documents, pictures, eyewitness accounts, and other primary sources.

Discover the connections Civil Rights Leader Martin Luther King had with the Civil Rights non-violent protests in Milwaukee.

Read an overview of this pivotal event in the nation's civil rights era

Images relating to Daisy Bates, former Arkansas NAACP President

View photographs from the collection of Daisy Bates, an American civil rights activist, publisher and writer.
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