The dialogue in the travel industry needs to change. While I can never speak firsthand about how racism manifests in travel, I strive to listen, learn, and help share where you can access credible information from those who have the ethos to discuss it. There are many places to learn about Black History in Milwaukee and support Black tourism. These facilities are a great way to learn about Milwaukee‘s history – all of it, from all perspectives – whether you’re visiting the city for the first time or a lifelong resident. They also serve as great resources to consult about current events, as their leaders understand that where we stand today determines which side of history we’re on tomorrow. Is there another location that should be on this list? Leave a comment to let me know!
After closing its physical location during the Great Recession in 2008, America’s Black Holocaust Museum has reopened in Milwaukee’s historic Bronzeville neighborhood. According to its website, ABHM’s mission is to “build public awareness of the harmful legacies of slavery in America and promote racial repair, reconciliation, and healing.” When visiting, you’ll be reminded of some of the most horrific parts of America’s history and, through those harsh reminders and stories of those who worked to make progress in years past, find inspiration to “shape a better future.” As the museum was located entirely online for many years, you can also find a wealth of resources on their website.
The Wisconsin Black Historical Society and Museum believes that “a people who know their history will grow to love and appreciate themselves more.” With that in mind, they created a space to showcase African American history in Wisconsin and the contributions made by the Black community to make the state what it is today. The organization also strives to foster and promote a strong Black community in the city and throughout the state by hosting and sharing cultural and community events. Group tours can be scheduled to explore the museum.