Lauren Ackerman

Student Historian

Lauren Ackerman graduated from Macalester College in 2010 with a degree in Political Science and International Studies. Her interest in how movements for social justice inform each other across borders and identities led her study the intersection of the gay rights movement and the anti-Apartheid movement in Cape Town, South Africa. After graduating, Lauren taught English in a STEM-focused high school in northwestern Japan. She is currently a candidate for the University of Washington Secondary Teachers Education Program and hopes to teach high school civics and social studies.

Thornton Dial (1928-2016)

Thornton Dial in His Studio in Bessemer, Alabama, 2011 “Image Ownership: Public Domain” Thornton Dial, a native Alabamian, was an artist and sculptor famous for yard show-influenced, mixed media pieces that used discarded everyday objects to symbolize the history and experience of African Americans in … Read MoreThornton Dial (1928-2016)

DuSable Museum of African American History (1961– )

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” Founded in 1961, the DuSable Museum of African American History is oldest museum dedicated to African American history in the United States. The DuSable began as the Ebony Museum of Negro History, housed in the South Side Chicago, Illinois home of … Read MoreDuSable Museum of African American History (1961– )

Albina, Portland, Oregon (1870- )

Albina Neighborhood, 1962 (Oregon Historical Society) “Image Ownership: Oregon Historical Society” Albina is a neighborhood located in Northeast Portland, Oregon that for most of the 20th century was home to the majority of the city’s African American population. Before it was annexed into Portland in … Read MoreAlbina, Portland, Oregon (1870- )

Bricktown and Deep Deuce, Oklahoma City (1889- )

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” Like the rest of Oklahoma City, Bricktown began with the Land Run of 1889. At the junction of the Oklahoma railroad station and the Oklahoma River, the land that is now Oklahoma City and its surroundings was especially appealing to both … Read MoreBricktown and Deep Deuce, Oklahoma City (1889- )