Oakland Fire #104-91, 1991, one of the images by Richard Misrach on show at BAM/PFA © Richard Misrach 1991

As part of a series of public events supporting its current exhibition by Berkeley photographer Richard Misrach, the Berkeley Art Museum is inviting the local community to gather at the museum this Sunday afternoon to share memories of the 1991 Oakland-Berkeley Firestorm.

At the BAM/PFA “Tell Your Stories: Open Mic in the Galleries” event, the museum is turning the microphone over to the community. People will be encouraged to talk about their memories amid Misrach’s compelling photographs, taken 20 years ago during the week following the Firestorm and unveiled for the first time in this exhibition.

To mark the 20th anniversary of the Firestorm, Berkeleyside ran a two-week long Firestorm Special series. We published a total of 11 stories, including an interview with Berkeley Fire Chief Debra Pryor, the story of how the fire inspired the creation of The Sims, and tips on emergency preparedness. But most of our coverage was in the form of contributions from Berkeleyside readers sharing their recollections. See the full series here.

“Tell Your Stories” is on Sunday November 13, 3-5 p.m., at BAM/PFA. The galleries will be open from 2:00 pm at no charge. “Tell Your Stories” is supported by Berkeleyside.

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To find out about more events in Berkeley and nearby, bookmark Berkeleyside’s recently launched Events Calendar. We also encourage you to submit your own events.

Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...