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Exhibition The Liberator

Presented by California African American Museum, The Liberator: Chronicling Black Los Angeles, 1900–1914 sheds light on the expansion of the city’s African American community, its challenges in a post-Reconstruction era, and its hopes and accomplishments, as captured in the newspaper’s pages. More than a century since The Liberator’s final issue, this exhibition includes rare ephemera, photographs, and artifacts that offer a unique study of the narrative of black Los Angeles. 

This exhibition was curated by Tyree Boyd-Pates, History Curator and Program Manager, Taylor Bythewood-Porter, Assistant History Curator, and Arianne Edmonds, Founder of the J.L. Edmonds Project.

Heritage Day, a highlighted public program, brought together Angelenos to scan family keepsakes, hear powerful stories of legacy, and learn about genealogy and how to preserve family treasures through archiving. Presented in partnership with the Los Angeles Public Library Mobile Memory Lab, J.L. Edmonds Project, California African American Genealogical Society, and CAAM Volunteer History Council.