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Profiles of African American Montanans

with Ellen Baumler

author and interpretive historian, Montana Historical Society

African Americans, small in numbers in Montana, nevertheless have a rich and varied history in this state that has been largely unexplored. These pioneers came with the very first waves of frontier settlers seeking new opportunities. This compelling program chronicles the lives and contributions of more than 20 African American families and individuals through historic photographs, headlines, art, and architecture. The program touches upon the legacy of slavery, the segregation and subsequent integration of Montana schools, other laws relating to minorities, and African American culture in Montana. With a knack for making history personal, Baumler explores the stories, struggles, and accomplishments of some of Montana’s African Americans.