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Museums and the Journey of Racial Understanding

February 16, 2017   7 PM to 8 PM


Woman portraying a slave at Atlanta History Center's Smith Farm. Photo by Bill Hosley.

Please join us for a special Black History Month program with historians Bill Hosley and Frank Mitchell.

A generation ago, people of African descent were almost invisible in the day-to-day experience of American history museums, including southern plantations where enslaved people did most of the work and were the majority of the population, and historic house museums in northern states. A lot has changed. This program will show the role of museums in preserving and presenting African-American stories by taking you on a journey of discovery -- from the Amistad collections at the Wadsworth Atheneum to inspirational Civil Rights museums of astonishing reach and ambition in Atlanta, Memphis, Birmingham, Baltimore, and Detroit.

In Birmingham Alabama, four innocent young girls were massacred in 1963 in a church bombing at the 16th Street Baptist Church. In 1968, Martin Luther King was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. These places and others have embraced a hard and painful history head-on. Walk with us in Kelly Ingram Park in Birmingham where statuary evokes both struggle and hope. Encounter deeply moving stories of the struggle for human rights told at our nation's museums, churches, schools, cemeteries, parks, and think about how far we have come and how far we have left to go.

$6 adults, $5 seniors and students, WHS members $4

Snow date: February 17 at 7 PM.


Four Spirits sculpture (three shown) at entrance to Birmingham's Kelly Ingram Park.
Commemorates the four young girls killed in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church across the street. Photo by Bill Hosley.

 

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