A Free Life

This video history celebrates the richness of African American culture in the area known as the St. Joseph River Valley Region by highlighting historic places. These historic places remind us of the contributions made by African Americans to our community. Many buildings relating to African American history no longer exist. Yet, information about these places lives on through historic records, photographs and newspaper articles. Another resource for learning about the people who built the buildings and African American community is through stories their families share with us. Many local African Americans have saved their family histories and have shared the information with the community by donating historical documents to The History Museum.


This video entitled, “A Free Life” was researched and produced by the Center for History (now The History Museum) in the 1980s.

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