LA CROSSE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – The La Crosse County Historical Society (LCHS) is celebrating Black History Month with another installment of the Enduring Families Project. On February 17th, you’re invited to the La Crosse Area Heritage Center to hear the stories of George Edwin Taylor, Nathan Smith, Ashley Shivers and Lydia Moss; four African Americans that played roles in the history of La Crosse.
The Enduring Families Project (EFP) explores the local history of African Americans and other non-white settlers through public school-based education and community-based historical reenactments. According to the EFP website, “Since the summer of 2018, they have performed skits in public schools and for various organizations that tell stories of African Americans living in this region since the early days of Prairie La Crosse. All of their actors are African-Americans who live and work locally, and who believe in the mission of the project and are excited to be bringing this history to life.”
February 17th, EFP is presenting the stories of politically active people of color in the area. Nathan Smith, Lydia Moss, Ashley Shivers and the first African-American to run for president, George Edwin Taylor, will be represented at the La Crosse Area Heritage Center. Free admission for LCHS members, $5 for non-members and registration is required.