According to the Bureau of the Census, as of 2015, there were almost 361,000 people of African descent living in Wisconsin, or about 6% of the total state population. While that’s a smaller percentage than for the nation as a whole, which hovers around 18%, African-Americans have been a central part of Wisconsin’s story since before it was a state. Long before, in fact. Tuesday, February 21st, as part of its “History Sandwiched In” lunch-time lectures, the Wisconsin Historical Society will present “Wisconsin’s Hidden History – Three Centuries of African American History in the Badger State” featuring Michael Edmonds, Wisconsin Historical Society Director of Programs and Outreach. Michael Edmonds joins 8 O’Clock Buzz host Brian Standing in the studio.