The Potawatomi Indians had a special name for the land: Millioki, which means “gathering place by the waters.” They also named the large waters of Lake Mie-sit-gan (Michigan).
Summerfest is the world’s largest music festival according to the Guinness Book of World Records. This eleven-day event boasts 12 stages featuring a variety of music, from local to national headline acts.
Milwaukee is the American headquarters of Miller Beer, Harley Davidson, Allen-Bradley, and Northwestern Mutual Insurance.
Milwaukee is a regional center for insurance, industrial products and grain shipping.
Within the 1.6 million person metro area, African Americans number 250,000.
Allen Bradley Clock Tower is one of Milwaukee’s most recognizable landmarks. Guinness Book of World Records lists the Allen Bradley Clock as the largest four-faced clock in the world.
There are an estimated 2,800 Black businesses in greater Milwaukee.
Hotel Room Tax is fairly high.
Persons born in Milwaukee or made their mark here include:
Joe Oliver – One of Milwaukee’s first citizens and voted in the city’s first election
John Miles – US Colored Troop soldier and Civil War hero
Sherman Booth – Wisconsin newspaperman who assisted Joshua Glover on his journey to freedom in 1854, thereby challenging the Fugitive Slave Law
James Cameron – Only recorded person to survive a lynching and founder of America’s Black Holocaust Museum; received an apology from the U.S. Senate for their lack of action preventing lynchings
Zakiya & Anthony Courtney – Wife and husband team that serve as Director and Griot, respectively, at America’s Black Holocaust Museum
Clayborn Benson – Founder & Executive Director of the Wisconsin Black Historical Society Museum
Al Jarreau – Jazz vocalist
Eric Benet – R&B vocalist
Oscar Robertson – Hall of Fame NBA basketball player credited with bringing a championship to the city
Gianni Antetokounmpo – 2-time NBA MVP aka The Greek Freak
Bobby Dandridge – Another famous NBA basketball player on the championship team
Michael Redd – Continuing the tradition of outstanding NBA basketball players