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UNLV Libraries Presents: The African American Experience in Las Vegas

By Michael Yunkin on January 27, 2014 1:30 PM | Permalink

Throughout our history, African Americans participated in weaving the fabric of the Las Vegas community.

What was once a partial history stored on the shelves of several local libraries or archives, or in personal boxes stashed under beds, is now available online to everyone. And we have only begun to realize what is yet to be. You can learn more about this rich history in the new web portal: Documenting the African American Experience in Las Vegas. 

Within this website you'll find oral histories, historical photographs and documents. Local libraries, museums, and organizations have worked together to collect and contribute historical resources to create the first, and most comprehensive, repository of this history. In addition, the portal includes roundtable discussions recently filmed at Vegas PBS, as well as content collected in the community, where we invited people to bring their photographs for scanning. See and hear this rich history first hand, and learn how you can participate!

This project has been made possible by the collaborative efforts of many individuals and institutions. For more information about the African American Collaborative please visit: This project was funded by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.