We Are Not Strangers Here: African American Histories in Rural California

We Are Not Strangers Here is shining a light on African Americans in the history of California agriculture and rural communities, and black people’s relationship with food, farming and land. This Cal Ag Roots story series has been in the works for quite some time and we're thrilled to announce that you can soon tune in!

The We Are Not Strangers Here stories will be told two ways: 1) through a traveling exhibition-- which will launch in 2021 as cultural institutions re-open in California-- comprised of archival visual and textual materials and 2) through a podcast series set to launch in January, 2021.

Photo credit: Farmhand and horse standing next to shed in Tulare County, Roberts Family Papers, African American Museum and Library of Oakland


We Are Not Strangers Here is a collaboration between the California Historical Society (Susan Anderson), Exhibit Envoy (Amy Cohen), Dr. Caroline Collins, Post-Doc Researcher from UC San Diego, and the Cal Ag Roots Project at the California Institute for Rural Studies.


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This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities (calhum.org), and the 11th Hour Project at the Schmidt Family Foundation.

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