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NMSU professor emeritus to open local exhibit about African American community

The history of African Americans in Las Cruces is the focus of a talk by local historian and New Mexico State University Professor Emeritus Clarence Fielder on Sunday, Feb. 5, at 3 p.m. at the Nopalito's Galeria at 326. N. Mesquite in Las Cruces.

Local historian and NMSU Professor Emeritus Clarence Fielder will give a talk about the history of African Americans in Las Cruces on Sunday, Feb. 5 at the Nopalito's Galeria as part of Black History Month Celebrations. (Submitted photo)

Fielder's family moved to Las Cruces in 1909. An exhibit of his family photos will be shown through the month of February at the gallery as part of Black History Month celebrations.

"We urge everyone to attend to learn about the local history of the black community," Fielder said. "We should not forget the contributions of those who paved the way for us."

During his talk Fielder will share memories of what it was like growing up in Las Cruces in the era of segregation. He attended local schools and graduated from New Mexico State University. Fielder went on to become a history professor at NMSU and retired last year after 40 years.