Idaho Black History Museum

Phillip Thompson

Friday, June 19 will be the 155th anniversary of a unique moment in history when, two months after Confederate General Robert E. Lee conceded defeat in the Civil War, enslaved African-Americans in Galveston, Texas were told they were free. Now known as Juneteenth, the holiday combines June and 19; and is also sometimes called Juneteenth Independence Day or Emancipation Day.

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For the last week, protests have been held across the United States over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died at the hands of white police in Minneapolis last Monday. All four officers involved were fired after the killing but only one former officer has been charged in connecton with his death. 

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Wednesday is Juneteenth, a day that commemorates the 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas and the emancipation of enslaved African Americans.


Idaho Black History Museum

June 19, 1865 was the day slavery was abolished in Texas and unofficially throughout the Confederate states. This day, Juneteenth, is the day America commemorates the abolition of one of the darkest stains of our nation's history. Idaho Matters discusses the importance of this observance with state senator Cherie Buckner-Webb and Idaho Black History Museum executive director Phillip Thompson.

On The Monday, June 17, 2019 Edition Of Idaho Matters

Jun 14, 2019

  • Idaho Supreme Court makes ruling on misdemeanor arrests.
  • Vitruvian Women art exhibit combines classic Da Vinci imagery with contemporary body positivity.
  • Juneteenth commemorates the abolition of slavery and national emancipation.
  • Goat Head Fest celebrates Idaho bike culture and removes prickly seed pods.


The Idaho Black History Museum begins Black History Month with a dinner and presentation by University of Idaho associate vice president, Mike Satz. The discussion involves the use of the law to affect social engineering. Satz joins Idaho Matters with the museum's executive director, Phillip Thompson.

  • Area organizations express concern over wording of Idaho Marsy's Law proposal.
  • Lost River Wellness helps Idahoans fight opioid addiction.
  • Idaho Black History Museum addresses social engineering.
  • Boise State program uses gaming technology to tackle community issues.

Martin Luther King Jr.'s Legacy In Idaho

Jan 21, 2019

Idaho led the nation in civil rights policies in the early 1960s and we talk with Phillip Thompson of the Idaho Black History Museum about those policies and the role of Martin Luther King Jr. in inspiring the movement in the Gem State.  

On The Monday, January 21, 2019 Edition Of Idaho Matters

Jan 18, 2019

  • A look at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy in Idaho.
  • Teaching the words of MLK to third graders.
  • Climate change is changing the ski industry.

Idaho Black History Museum Exhibits A "Green Book"

Dec 4, 2018
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The film Green Book tells the story of an African-American musician and a white bouncer traveling through the Jim Crow-era South. The movie's title refers to "The Negro Motorist Green Book" - a travel guide prepared for African-Americans traveling by road between the 1930's and the 1960's. The book instructed travelers as to which motels were friendly, which restaurants served everyone and which towns to avoid. The Idaho Black History Museum is putting one of these books on exhibit and we'll talk about the 'green book' and other displays on exhibit.

On The Tuesday, December 4, 2018 Edition Of Idaho Matters

Dec 3, 2018

  • Computer Science Education Week focuses on coding in STEM education
  • 'Idaho Experience' looks at Idaho's flying history
  • 'Green Book' on exhibit at The Idaho Black History Museum
  • The Boise Bicycle Project makes sure every kid gets a set of wheels

The Lucky Ones

Apr 26, 2018

When Madeline Rose Scott was asked to photograph refugees arriving to Boise for placement, she saw an opportunity to document the humanity of the resettlement process. She photographed several refugees fleeing civil war and violence just hours ahead of Donald Trump's travel ban on select Muslim countries. She captured the fear, the trepidation and the relief shared by so many who came to start a new life.

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Officials with the Idaho Black History Museum say someone wrote a racial slur on the roof of the museum's storage shed.

Museum director Phillip Thompson said Wednesday that he found the slur sketched in the snow while heading to a board meeting. Thompson has since shared photos of the slur on the Boise museum's Facebook page.