“There is no reason for them to remain invisible partners in the making of the state. [Afro-American citizens] are a proud part of Idaho’s past and vital contributors to its present and future. We salute these ebony citizens of Idaho!” – Dr. Mamie Oliver, Idaho Ebony: The Afro-American Presence in Idaho State History.
As the first African American professor at Boise State University in 1972, the author of Idaho Ebony: The Afro-American Presence in Idaho State History, and the instigator for adding the St. Paul Baptist Church to the National Register of Historic Places, Dr. Mamie Oliver’s contributions to the retention of Black Idahoan history are vast and prominent.
Meet Dr. Mamie Oliver in this History Happy Hour Zoom event on February 3rd as we discuss how she broke barriers and inspired countless others in Idaho and beyond to do the same. Moderator Alison Espindola (Events and Rentals Coordinator, Idaho State Museum) will discuss with Dr. Oliver her life, work, and knowledge of Black history both in Idaho and across the United States. You can participate in the conversation through the pre-event audience Q&A by emailing questions to [email protected] or submitting them live during the event in the chat bar.
Grab a beverage and get comfortable at home for this virtual event, History Happy Hour: Idaho Ebony.
Register early for this free 1-hour virtual event; space is limited to the first 100 registrants. Reserve your space today at: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/6816100402332/WN_A3CKBoFtRqWXvC3rjVQzmQ
Photo credits: Joe and Lou Wells, circa 1880, Courtesy Latah County Historical Society