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A Lost Chapter of NM History

Courtesy of Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

In New Mexico we like to tout our “Anglo, Hispanic and Indian” tri-cultural identity. However, often overlooked are the integral contributions from other cultures, including African-Americans. From Esteban de Dorantes to the Buffalo Soldiers, the founders of the town of Blackdom to the African-American teachers in our Bureau of Indian Affairs schools, African-Americans have contributed substantially to our growth and diversity. Tomorrow, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is hosting a discussion with Dr. Lenton Malry, Mr. Tommie Jewell Sr. and Mrs. Alice Pegues, three educators who taught Native children around our state and the Navajo nation from the 1950s through the 1970s, a time when African-Americans were still facing segregation in New Mexico.

Come hear their remarkable stories of service and integration. This event is in support of the African American Museum & Cultural Center of New Mexico’s traveling exhibit New Mexico’s African American Legacy: Visible, Vital, Valuable and the current IPCC exhibit Albuquerque Indian School Retrospective with a Vision Forward. This event is free to the public. The discussion begins at 5:30pm in the Turquoise and Silver room at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (2401 12th St. NW). Indian Pueblo Cultural Center • Wed Feb 25 • 5:30-7pm • Free • View on Alibi calendar