California Institute for Rural Studies

African American Histories in Rural California Traveling Banner Exhibit

We Are Not Strangers Here highlights hidden histories of African Americans who have shaped California’s food and farming culture from early statehood to the present. The project consists of a six-part Cal Ag Roots podcast series and a physical exhibit designed to travel throughout California. The exhibit features big, beautiful banners full of archival photos that accompany the podcast’s stories. After a COVID-19 pause that delayed the exhibit’s launch nearly a year, the exhibit officially launched in February 2021! 

We are also digitally reconceiving the We Are Not Strangers Here exhibit so that people can enjoy it online. Please check out for updates on the digital exhibit’s launch.

Exhibit Tour Schedule

  • February 14, 2021  – May 16, 2021: Sutter County Museum, Yuba City
  • May 30, 2021 – August 1, 2-21: Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park, Earlimart
  • August 15, 2021 – October 10, 2021 San Luis Obispo Coast District of California State Parks
  • October 31, 2021 – December 26, 2021: Tulare County Museum, Visalia
  • January 9, 2022 – June 5, 2022: The Society of California Pioneers, San Francisco 
  • January 29, 2023 – April 2, 2023: San Diego Public Library, San Diego

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