History Is Now: Anti-Racism Uprising
This collecting initiative is in partnership with the Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS), the Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery (MAAHMG) and Hallie Q Brown Community Center (HQB).
Minnesotans, their communities, and our nation are grappling with the aftermath of George Floyd's murder and the systemic racism entrenched in our shared reality. The Minnesota Historical Society is hopeful that the outpouring of anger, pain, truth, and community witnessed over the last several months will lead to more meaningful conversation with community, increased self-reflection and awareness, purposeful action, and a more empathetic society.
History can and should help frame this discussion. George Floyd’s murder was not an isolated incident but part of a centuries-long persecution of African Americans. Understanding the past and present are crucial to shaping the future, and that includes sharing and recording stories of these times.
Submissions will be shared among the three partner organizations so that the collecting effort can be housed within the community from where the voices come. Some of the submissions may be added to the MNHS collections.
Nothing is required on this form: tell us what you think Minnesotans, current and future, need to understand.
How did George Floyd’s murder affect you and your community?
Has your perception of police and the role they play in your community changed after the killing of George Floyd? Do you feel more or less safe in your community?
Did you participate in any marches, peaceful vigils, protests, or other actions against racial violence following George Floyd’s death? What would you want future generations to remember about those events?
How would you characterize race relations in Minnesota? Did your perception of race relations change after the death of George Floyd and/or protests?
What's the most important thing for the Minnesota Historical Society to document about protest and uprising in Minnesota? Why?
How would you identify yourself?
Although we're all dealing with this historic time, we recognize the effect on communities is different. It is important for the Minnesota Historical Society to document stories and culturally specific response strategies from a wide range of people and places.
Are you interested in donating other types of material related to your story? If so, please describe in the space below. Our staff may choose to follow up with you.
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I have read and AGREE to the Terms and Conditions of the MNHS Deed of Gift.
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