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Historical Society reopens to the public with new exhibit covering 150 years of Milwaukee politics

The Milwaukee County Historical Society (MCHS), which closed in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will return to welcoming guests on June 29 with safety protocols and a new exhibit that spans 150 years of Milwaukee’s political history. As part of the new safety procedures, all visitors, staff, and volunteers will be required to wear masks during their visit. Additional protocols include increased cleaning procedures, sanitization stations, and social distancing measures. “The staff has worked hard to be sure that we can continue to carry out our mission of sharing Milwaukee’s history while also ensuring visits can be safe...

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Juneteenth Flag: Historic symbol of Black liberation from slavery flown at City Hall Complex for first time

First time in the city’s history the Juneteenth flag was flown over a municipal building on June 19. It was a long overdue recognition for Milwaukee’s Black community, and one of many smaller events that took place throughout the area to celebrate the special day. Milwaukee is home to one of the longest standing Juneteenth Day celebrations in the country. Because the COVID-19 pandemic cancelled the festivities for 2020, the city was able to start the day with a raising of the Juneteenth Day flag outside the Zeidler Municipal Building. The ceremony offered a positive way for the Milwaukee...

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Marching for CPAC: Youth group chalks messages around City Hall demanding police accountability

“The Milwaukee Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression” and “Youth Rising Up (YRU) North Division High School” led one of the almost dozen marches held on June 13, for the sixteenth consecutive day of citywide demonstrations to make an interracial and intergenerational demand for police accountability. Hundreds of demonstrators marched from the south side of Milwaukee, across the historic James E. Groppi Unity Bridge on 16th Street, and down Wisconsin Avenue to City Hall. Once there, many of the demands and statements by protestors were expressed in chalk on the sidewalks and entrance area. “We have been walking up...

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