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Sikh community highlighted at Fresno County Historical Museum

An exhibit at the Fresno County Historical Museum is highlighting the Sikh American community in Fresno.

According to ABC 30, the Sikh Exhibit was first proposed four years ago by a fairgrounds board member. The goal is to teach the broader community about Sikh history and culture.

“That is something that, you know, we can cherish for a long time and you know, tell our story,” Sikh Historical Society Board Member Bill Singh Nijjer told ABC 30.

The exhibit features a 24-karat gold-plated Golden Temple, which is the holiest place for Sikh Americans.

The Sikh community is also a driving force for change in Fresno. They helped lead a movement to ban caste discrimination in the city and were successful in September 2023. Fresno is now one of the two cities in the United States that has made caste discrimination illegal.

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