The colorful tradition of Black women and elaborate hats reportedly dates back to ancient Egypt. In America, enslaved Black women were allowed to don decorative caps and hats for Sunday worship service.
Tina Burnside, museum co-founder and civil rights attorney, notes, “Minnesota is one of the few states in the country that does not have an African American museum. That had to change,” she said. Toward that end, she has partnered with writer and education administrator Coventry Cowens to open the new museum’s doors Saturday, September 8.