At Buffalo

Race was on display at the 1901 Buffalo, N.Y., World’s Fair. In exhibits such as "Darkest Africa," "Old Plantation," and "The American Negro Exhibit," showmen presented unique, often conflicting visions of blackness in America at the turn of the 20th century. The fair left behind a fragmented archive of descriptions, newspaper articles, photographs and film clips that sheds new light on a critical moment in the construction of race and American identity. At Buffalo, a new musical in development, brings this archive to life.