Black and white headshot of a young Black man looking directly into the camera. He has a peaceful look on his face and is wearing a white collared shirt and what seems to be a dark jacket.

we were here

21 December 2023 - 01 March 2024
African American Center Exhibit Space - 3rd Fl
Main Library
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100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
United States

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we were here is an interactive creative investigation of the Black American presence in San Francisco in the late 1800s and early 1900s, particularly at the occurrence of the 1906 earthquake. This exhibit grounds into an archival experience and recollection of a larger-than-life story told by Aurelious Alberga (1884-1988) about his experience and survival of San Francisco’s 1906 Earthquake and fires. 

Curated by tanea lunsford lynx, 2022 SFPL/SFAC Artist-in-Residence, we were here highlights available sources at the San Francisco Public Library, including oral history audio clips and printed transcripts, along with archival photos of San Francisco post-Earthquake in 1906. The exhibition celebrates the historical presence of Black San Francisco and ponders a present where the stories of our elders have been built into the reconstruction of the city, awaiting reclamation. 

Reception and Artist Remarks 

Join us for the opening reception on Thursday, January 11 from 5-7 PM in the African American Center at the Main Branch. A short talk will be given by the artist and light refreshments will be served. 


Attend programming, lectures and workshops intended for the BIPOC community.

Connect to engaging discussions and performances related to the Black community.

More Than a Month recognizes important events in Black history, honors community and national leaders and fosters steps towards collective change. Programming features authors, poets and craft classes.