Starting during the Gold Rush and continuing through today, Black Californians have been part and parcel of rural areas. In this free-standing banner exhibit, little-known stories of African American farmers, ranchers, and rural residents challenge myths about California history.
While it is widely recognized that many Black people who migrated to California moved into booming cities, African Americans are not strangers to rural California. Rural Black residents opened schools, worked the land, and exercised vigilance about the equal rights of citizens. Over successive migrations in the 19th- and 20th-centuries, generations settled in agricultural and rural areas from as far north as Siskiyou County, to the Central Valley, to the Imperial Valley in the South.
- Farmers & Ranchers: Here from the Start
- Working the Land
- Independent Settlements
- Into the Modern Age
We Are Not Strangers Here is a collaboration between the Cal Ag Roots Project at the California Institute for Rural Studies; Susan Anderson of the California African American Museum; the California Historical Society; Exhibit Envoy; and Dr. Caroline Collins from UC San Diego. This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the 11th Hour Project at the Schmidt Family Foundation.
- Rental Fee:
- $1,000 + shipping
- 60 linear ft.
- English, Spanish via PDF
- Installation Images:
- View Here
- 7 colorful banners each measuring 5’H x 7’W and installed using free-standing banner stands
- Cell phone audio tour featuring the voices of scholars and descendants of rural Black Californians
- Multiple podcasts featuring additional stories, produced by Cal Ag Roots
- PDF with Spanish translation of the full exhibition
- Programming suggestions and resource list
- Exhibition press kit with digital images
Schedule and Availability
February 14, 2021 – May 16, 2021
Sutter County Museum, Yuba City
May 30, 2021 – August 1, 2021
Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park, Earlimart
August 15, 2021 – October 10, 2021
San Luis Obispo Coast District of California State Parks
October 31, 2021 – December 26, 2021
Tulare County Museum, Visalia
January 9, 2022 – June 5, 2022 (21 weeks)
The Society of California Pioneers, San Francisco
June 19, 2022 – August 14, 2022
August 28, 2022 – October 23, 2022
November 6, 2022 – January 1, 2023
January 29, 2023 – April 2, 2023
San Diego Public Library, San Diego
Contact us for dates beyond 2022.