Black Expo of 1895

The first black expo geared toward African-Americans was held in 1895 in Atlanta to help further educate Americans on African-American accomplishments. Even though many African-Americans (freed and otherwise) were already credited with numerous inventions and technological advancements which helped to modernize this country, during the years of slavery and for the three decades following emancipation, expositions were held which excluded African-Americans and their products and services. In 1895, however, when Atlanta hosted the Cotton States and International Exposition, the services and products of many African-American entrepreneurs in America were showcased.

The Cotton States Exposition