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News & Features

The Bentley Historical Library is a place of rich heritage and new discoveries. Come read about our treasures: in the archive, on display, and through the lens of our experts.

News Stories

  • “Segregation Scholarships”

    During the 1930s and beyond, “segregation scholarships” gave African American graduate students from southern states the opportunity to come north to study. Read more about one researcher’s quest to learn more about the scholarships and their impact at U-M.

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  • Before the Black Action Movement

    A distinguished panel of U-M African American alumni, representatives of the African American Cultural and Historical Museum of Washtenaw County, and the Bentley Historical Library will discuss the African American presence in Washtenaw County prior to 1970.

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