Researchers to reveal lost African-American historical record

The experiences of African-Americans in the Las Vegas area during its segregationist past have generally been portrayed in depictions of iconic showroom entertainers such as Sammy Davis Jr., Nat King Cole and Dorothy Dandridge.

A more comprehensive history of the African-American community in Southern Nevada will soon be collected and made accessible to the public, thanks to a collaborative effort between the collective libraries of UNLV, Clark County and Henderson, the Nevada State Museum, the City of Las Vegas and Vegas PBS.

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  • Dera Willams Posted August 6, 2012 3:15 pm

    Wonderful article. Happy to see Black history being researched. We have made an impact in every state in this union. Thank you.

  • Charlene Byrd Posted September 8, 2012 3:36 pm

    Looking for the Gibson family in Tn and Ga. William Gibson with Aggie and child Beckey. They lived Wilkes County Ga. in 1830. Were they married. The family was removed to Ar. by 1835 by slave owner John Klipper. He moved them to Washington Co. Ar. To live in the Walker home being passed down to diffrent family members. until the end of the civil war.

    William b. abt. 1798
    Aggie b. abt. 1800
    Becky b. abt. 1825

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