Allegheny-Kiski Valley Historical Society to host Black History Month program
The Allegheny Kiski Valley Historical Society Heritage Museum in Tarentum is hosting “African American Migration to Pittsburgh 1900-1950” on Sunday at 2 p.m.
The presenter is Samuel Black, director of the African American programs at the Senator John Heinz History Center in the Strip District.
Jim Thomas, president of the Allegheny-Kiski Valley Historical Society board, is excited about the program.
“It’s the perfect subject for Black History Month, and we are always looking to have programs where we all can learn more about history,” says Thomas. “We try to have interesting programs. I really enjoy hearing about history. I am looking forward to this. Samuel comes highly recommended.”
The talk will last about an hour and will include discussions about why African Americans came to Pittsburgh.
“Some came to find work, and it was thought these were primarily unskilled laborers, but that wasn’t true,” Black says. “A number of them were already professionals and business people looking for office work. Others came to further their education.”
In his research, he discovered the steel mills in Pittsburgh attracted some workers but, of the 50,000 employed, fewer than 1,000 were black.
“Pittsburgh was popular because of its three rivers, and it was known as the gateway to the west,” Black says. “Many men came alone and then sent for their families once they found work and got settled.”
The event is free. Donations are welcome.
The Allegheny Kiski Valley Historical Society Heritage Museum is located at 224 East Seventh Ave., Tarentum
Details : 724-224-7666 or akvhs.org
JoAnne Harrop is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact JoAnne at 724-853-5062 or [email protected] or via Twitter @Jharrop_Trib.