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Historians Work To Preserve And Highlight Black History In Idaho

Idaho State Historic Preservation Office
Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Pocatello was founded in 1920. The members have a history of activism in the fight for racial justice in Idaho.The building will be listed on the National Register of Historic Places 2021.

Idaho has a dark history of white supremacy, a history that tragically still shows up in our story today.

But just as importantly, the state is also home to a resilient and proud community of Black and African American Idahoans. For some, their history in this majority white state goes back generations.

As we envision an anti-racist future in Idaho, it’s important to recognize their contribution to the past. Idaho Matters learned more about this history from Phillip Thomspon, Executive Director of the Idaho Black History Museum in Boise and outreach historian with the State Historic Preservation Office Dan Everhart.


If you have a person, place or story about Black history in Idaho to share, fill out this form from the State Historic Preservation Office.


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Frankie Barnhill is the Senior Producer of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show and podcast. She's always interested in hearing surprising and enlightening stories about life in the West. Have an idea for Idaho Matters? Drop her a line!