A Research Book by Ivory Abena Black & The Publisher's Group-Milwaukee
Copyright 2006, ISBN 09771065-0-0
Old Bronzeville Style
Old Streets of Milwaukee is teaming up with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to build an interactive virtual platform to enrich and expand the reach of a new arts-focused historic walking tour of Old Milwaukee Bronzeville during Milwaukee's Bronzeville Week in August 2022.
More to come!
OLD STREETS OF MILWAUKEE BRONZEVILLE
The Old Streets of Milwaukee Bronzeville
Milwaukee Bronzeville Historical Society preserves the history and culture of the Great Migration of African Americans to Milwaukee.
We are launching a historical space at the Bronzeville Collective (www.bronzevillecollective.com) in Milwaukee educating and preserving the artifacts, pictures, and oral histories of time gone by.
We are teaming up with local and state universities and the Smithsonian African American Museum to preserve this rich history. This website begins a journey of this hidden history of Milwaukee. We are looking forward to an online interactive history course, oral histories, written research, and an archaeological exploration of the area and a permanent exhibit at the Milwaukee Public Museum.
Welcome to the Streets of Old Milwaukee Bronzeville!
More to come!
Greetings, my name is Patricia Diggs, a Milwaukee native and Publisher of "Bronzeville A Milwaukee Lifestyle,"
a three year research project exploring the history of African Americans in Milwaukee from 1900-1960.
With the help of Author and Cultural Anthropologist, Ivory Abena Black, the research project received a City Hall Proclamation in 2006 and received recognition at the Wisconsin Book Fair.
The new 2020 book
can be purchased at the
Bronzeville Collective website
Milwaukee's Bronzeville was a community devoted to close nuclear and extended families. Home to lower, middle and upper classes, African Americans offered guidance to all who lived there furthered the community progress and relationships.
Wilbur and Ardie (Clark) Halyard were a truly vital resource for African Americans in Milwaukee. In 1923 residing in Beloit, Wisconsin, the Halyards were shocked by the deplorable housing available to African Americans in Milwaukee.
As African Americans struggled to find a foothold in the work place, they created strong institution that cultivated a sense if solidarity. The oldest and strongest of these is the Black church.
Our fiscal sponsor, Arts Wisconsin (501 C3) is Wisconsin's community cultural development organization, activating a vibrant creative economy and access to creative opportunities. Arts Wisconsin work is about keeping Wisconsin creative community strong and helping everyone, everywhere in Wisconsin to have the opportunity to experience the arts.
COMING SOON A MUSEUM SHOPPE
Bronzeville: A Historic African-American Community