UM Mansfield Library Celebrates African-American History Month

January 22, 2014

MISSOULA – During February, the Mansfield Library at the University of Montana will feature an exhibit celebrating African-American History Month, which focuses on the achievements of African-Americans and the integral role they played in U.S. history.blackhistory

Exhibit displays, located throughout the main level of the library, will focus specifically on the African-American history of Missoula and UM.

The theme of the exhibit is the 1897 Great Bicycle Ride of the 25th Infantry Bicycle Corps from Missoula to St. Louis, which took 41 days and covered 1,900 miles. In 1974, members of the UM Black Studies Program re-created the ride.

The Army’s 25th Infantry, a black regiment also known as the Buffalo Soldiers, was stationed at Fort Missoula and their Bicycle Corps was the first of its kind in the country.

The exhibit will include displays on the 25th Infantry Bicycle Corps, the 1974 re-creation of the Great Bicycle Ride, and the life of UM’s African-American students and faculty in 1974.

The exhibit is free and open to the public and available for viewing during normal library hours. For more information visit or call Assistant Professor and Librarian Susanne Caro at 406-243-4548 or email




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Contact: Susanne Caro, assistant professor and librarian, UM Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, 406-243-4548,