Outer Experiences: Black Life in Rural and Suburban Minnesota

Outer Experiences: Black Life in Rural and Suburban Minnesota

The M, in partnership with The African American Interpretive Center of Minnesota (AAICM), presents Outer Experiences: Black Life in Rural and Suburban Minnesota, on display in the M’s window.

The exhibition, curated by AAICM (African American Interpretative Center of Minnesota) Executive Director JoJo Bell, explores the experience of being Black outside of the Twin Cities. Drawing from AAICM’s archives and oral history project, it features photographs by Chris McDuffie alongside excerpts from interviews with Black Minnesotans who had formative experiences in rural or suburban parts of the state. Outer Experiences amplifies the voices of Black Minnesotans and the underrepresented histories that connect them to their homes. The photographs and interviews explore the  narrators’ family histories, their lives in small-town Minnesota, and their experiences of living on the margins of Black and white society.

Themes of self-discovery, belonging, and W.E.B. Du Bois’ Double Consciousness are captured in narrator words and photography by Chris McDuffie.


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