Lift Every Voice: Geneva’s Black Community since 1966

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In 1989, the Geneva Historical Society (now Historic Geneva) began researching African American history in Geneva. Researcher and writer Kathryn Grover used archival sources for early history in this area. She conducted oral history interviews with local Black families for 20th century information. Many of her interviews with local Genevans live in Historic Geneva’s archive and are shared in this digital space.

Lift Every Voice: Geneva’s Black Community Since 1966 examines how work, education, worship, and civil rights have changed over the last six decades. This is a continuing story; the end of the exhibit will have contact information for you to share your story with us.

Watch a Brief History of African Americans in Geneva


Lift Every Voice has been made possible by ESL Credit Union.

A special thanks to our community members who contributed their time and historical records:

Lillian Collins
Bonnie Mathis Flagg
John Cromartie
Mark Gramling
Beverly Mathis Hadee
Beth Kenney Henderson


The photos, audio, and video contained in this exhibit belong to Historic Geneva except where cited elsewhere. Please contact for further use and access restriction information.