When: Wed., Sept. 11, 5:30 p.m. 2019
At the turn of the 20th century, Black Americans lived mostly in the South. But with industry coming to many urban areas across the U.S., especially the Northeast and Midwest, more than 6 million Black Americans moved to cities to find work. Their labor played a major factor in the success of America's heavy industry. This topic will be front and center at the Heinz History Center for the launch of an exhibit called “Workers on Arrival: Black Labor in the Making of America.” The event is named for the book by Carnegie Mellon University professor Joe William Trotter, Jr., who will be on hand for a lecture and book signing following the reception.