History museums are intentionally designed to make sure the past is not forgotten, that stories are preserved for future generations.
As a museum located in an 1860s oyster cannery, we know that our site was once complicit in systems of racial discrimination. Black workers were relegated to the most dangerous and undesirable jobs, and were paid less. This is a truth that still exists in industry today.
The work we do at the BMI is designed to foster a dialog about equity, which we hope will change the world of work going forward. We realize every day how much work we as an institution have yet to do.
We don’t have all the answers, but there are other organizations that can help provide clarity, guidance and assistance to those seeking to learn more, and get involved: