A Community and Cultural Hub
Throughout the first half of the 20th century, African American migration from the South fueled the growth of Milwaukee and Bronzeville emerged as a community and cultural hub with a flourishing commercial corridor. It included businesses, social organizations, entertainment venues, and institutions of all kinds. Urban renewal and highway construction largely displaced the community in the 1960s. In recent years, a renewed commitment to Milwaukee’s contemporary African American visual arts movement has helped inspire Bronzeville’s revitalization.