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Ezekiel Gillespie: Pioneer for African American Voting Rights in Wisconsin

By Heather S on Feb 20, 2015 12:30 PM

In 1866, Milwaukeean Ezekiel Gillespie (1818-1892) sued for his right to vote in Wisconsin. At issue was a dispute over the results of an 1849 statewide referendum on black suffrage. Wisconsin’s Supreme Court found in Gillespie’s favor, declaring that African-American men had legally held the right to vote in Wisconsin since 1849...

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America's Black Holocaust Museum

By Tim R on Feb 18, 2015 11:20 AM

It wasn’t too long ago that one of Milwaukee’s unique and important resources, the America’s Black Holocaust Museum, closed the doors on its physical location for the last time. Now, it has been reborn as a virtual museum and the organization continues to play an important role in the Milwaukee community.

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Paramount Records: The Blues in Wisconsin

By Heather on Feb 13, 2015 1:43 PM

Did you know that in the early decades of the 20th century Wisconsin was home to a small record company that made a huge contribution to American music and culture by recording blues performers from Chicago and throughout the American South, such as Ma Rainey, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Charley Patton, Skip James, and other blues greats?

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The Growing Power of Will Allen

By Tim R on Feb 11, 2015 9:00 AM

His pioneering work in community-based urban farming made him a 2008 MacArthur Fellow and one of Time Magazines’ 100 Most Influential People of 2010. His name is Will Allen, and he's already an important part of today's Milwaukee, and Milwaukee's history.

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