Wednesday, May 29, 2019

A Documentary on African Americans in Johnstown

The late Dr. Bruce Williams, professor of Anthropology at the Pitt Johnstown campus or UPJ as we call it, produced a documentary called We'll Make the Journey on the history of African Americans in Johnstown in 1992.  Seventeen older African Americans in the city were interviewed.

The documentary states that there were two big African American migrations to the city: one in WWI and one in the 1920s.  It also states that there were African Americans here as early as 1870.  According to the US Census they were here as early as 1850.  The video is available above for you to see.

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