And Still We Rise…

Edmonton City as Museum Project is proud to announce our second “Virtual Exhibit”.

The original hardcopy exhibit was displayed in March 2011 and later revised by Dr. Jennifer Kelly and Dr. Alleson Mason in 2019. Hopefully this will prove useful to youth, educators and anyone with an interest in Black history in Alberta and Canada.

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Poem And Still I Rise by Maya Angelou


About the Exhibit

As the virtual exhibition illustrates, Black Albertans did make history and we can therefore rightly claim that Black history is Canadian history and central to our understanding of the formation of Alberta.

Dr. Jennifer Kelly
Professor Emeritus, University of Alberta

Three feature collections are found within the exhibit which provide a deeper context to situate the intersecting timelines of diverse Albertan history.

An Early Presence: Individuals and Single Families (1900-1920)

Community Formation, Activism & Citizenship (1921-1945)

Immigration & Social Change (1945-1970)


Guiding questions are found throughout the exhibit to encourage deeper thinking and reflection.

Take your time and wander through the many archival photographs, historical documents,
and learn about our shared histories as settler Canadians.

A short interview with
Dr. Jennifer Kelly (Professor Emeritus, University of Alberta), lead researcher and exhibit curator.

(Embedded video) Dr. Jennifer Kelly discusses the social constructs of racialization and “the Black Canadian.”


Event (community conversations & celebration)

An online launch and celebration event was hosted through Eventbrite on November 18, 2021 event by Zoom.

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