Looking Back. Moving Forward.
Who We Are
The Lorain Historical Society aims be a leader in local history preservation, education, and community engagement for ALL of Lorain. We are dedicated to making sure that our archives tell the most complete, accurate and inclusive story of our great International City to future generations. To that end, we have launched the Lorain Black History Project. Through this project and with help from the funders below, we will work with community members and organizations to help document the rich history of Black Lorain.
Why this work is important
Because much of Black history is passed from generation to generation verbally, if at all.
Black history has gone largely undocumented in libraries and archives, and therefore most of it lives and dies with the communities' elders. It is urgent that we find and preserve primary source documents and capture first-person narratives from the oldest generations while we still have an opportunity.
Because knowing the past helps shape the future.
Sankofa (SAHN-koh-fah) is a word in the Twi language of Ghana meaning “to retrieve". It also refers to the Adinkra symbol represented either with a stylized heart shape (pictured to the left) or by a bird that is looking backward while facing forward. In the spirit of Sankofa, the Lorain Black History Project aims to collect and share info about the past so that the Lorain community can use it to build a better tomorrow