Joyce Gibbs poses for a portrait on Tuesday, June, 30, 2020, in Rochester. “I always thought that if you step outside of your box, right there, that’s an education. I think that if you put yourself in a position outside of your normal everyday life, you learn something. If you do not say negative things in your family, your children learn something. If you allow positive energy to enter your space, you learn something. And I think a lot of people would be surprised,” Gibbs said. (Traci Westcott / firstname.lastname@example.org)
Some of Rochester's early Black residents found themselves the subjects of well-meaning curiosity. But that interest also rankled, as Joyce Gibbs relates in this segment from a video interview produced this year by the History Center of Olmsted County.