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Black History Research Lab

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The Black History Research lab (BHRL) was established in Fall 2021 with the purpose of chronicling and communicating the contributions of Blacks at the University of Idaho. 

The first Black student to graduate in 1899 was Jennie Eva Hughes, but although that is where black history at the University of Idaho begins, it is not where it ends. The BHRL helps bring that history to life through research and communicating our history - helping connect today's students, faculty and staff to the opportunities and growth found in the diversity of a campus.

Since its inception, the BHRL has already gained national attention and currently has a traveling exhibit touring around the state.  It tells the story of black people's contribution to the university and thereby the state.  

BHRL Website:  Home | Black History at the University of Idaho ( 

KLEW news report:  University of Idaho's Black History Research Lab to open first exhibit | KLEW ( 

We hope to expand the lab to research and find more ways to ensure that the University of Idaho's Black population can flourish and thrive on campus.  

Consider a gift to support this important research to remember and celebrate contributions of Blacks to the University of Idaho.

For more information, please contact Dr. Sydney Freeman, Founder and Director BHRL at or Matt Johnson, Director of Development for the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences at


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