'Stirred, Not Shaken -- African American'

Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), January 24, 2013 | Go to article overview
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'Stirred, Not Shaken -- African American'

Byline: Submitted by 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, Jan. 25 at the Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Place.

The reception is free and will feature authentic food and music. There will be a cash bar.

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

Admission is free and there is free parking in the Stolp Avenue Deck across the street with ticket validation in the gift shop. Donations are welcomed.

African American history in Aurora began about 1850 with the arrival of a few individuals 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.

As others arrived with increasing frequency after the war, they settled into homogeneous neighborhoods, much as the Luxembourgers, Germans and French Canadians also did, living mostly along the river in the southeast and southwest corners of the city and making a living as barbers, teamsters, porters and domestic servants.

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