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African American pioneers to be honored in exhibit

Updated: February 23, 2013 6:35AM



AURORA — Aurora’s African American community will be honored in the latest exhibit by the Aurora Historical Society.

The opening reception for the exhibit Flavors of Aurora: Stirred, Not Shaken — African American, will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Place. The event will feature food and music.

The exhibit is co-curated by the Aurora Historical Society and Aurora’s African American Heritage Advisory Board.

Aurora’s African American history began about 1850 with the arrival of a few people who might have been free blacks, but could also have been indentured servants, since this was a legal gray area and the political compromise that kept slaveholders and abolitionists temporarily balanced prior to the Civil War, according to the Historical Society.

The exhibit will run through March 8. The Pierce Center is open Wednesdays through Fridays from noon to 4 p.m.

As other blacks arrived after the Civil War, they settled mostly along the Fox River in the southeast and southwest corners of the city, making a living as barbers, teamsters, porters and domestic servants.

The free exhibit will run through March 8. The Pierce Center is open Wednesdays through Fridays from noon to 4 p.m.



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