Museum exhibit on Jim Crow era to debut in September

Museum exhibit on Jim Crow era to debut in September


An exhibit on segregation in the post-Civil War American South is opening in September in New York City.

“Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow” runs Sept. 7 through March 3, 2019, the New-York Historical Society announced last week. The exhibit will trace the South’s evolution from the abolition of slavery to Reconstruction to the legalized system of segregation and oppression known as Jim Crow.

Dr. Louise Mirrer, president and CEO of the New-York Historical Society, said in a statement that the museum would showcase the origins of the civil-rights movement. Future exhibits will showcase the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and ’70s and Harlem Renaissance sculptor Augusta Savage.

After its run at the historical society, “Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow” will tour nationwide.

Illinois State Museum to launch bicentennial exhibit


The Illinois State Museum is launching a new exhibit featuring rare artifacts to celebrate the state’s bicentennial.

The Bicentennial and Beyond! The Illinois Legacy Collection opened Saturday and tells the story of Illinois from its past to the present, The State Journal-Register reported. It showcases artifacts from the museum’s 13.5-million-object collection, including fine art, anthropological, botanical and zoological pieces.

Erika Holst is the museum’s curator of decorative arts and history. She said the exhibit “highlights the best of the best of that collection.”

“We’ve got this really rich, diverse history and all these interesting moments in history, all this fantastic artwork, all these interesting animal specimens, this great prehistory,” said Holst. “So if people ... come away being proud of the state they live in, that’ll be great.”

Some of the exhibit’s items belonged to prominent historical figures, such as the black bodice worn by President Abraham Lincoln’s widow Mary Todd Lincoln.

The museum also features artifacts from residents, such as a rocking chair owned by Thomas Richardson, an African-American man whose brother was falsely accused of raping a white woman. The case subsequently sparked the 1908 Springfield Race Riot. Richardson and his family fled to Mississippi until the riot ended.

The exhibit will remain open through February 2019.

Museum exhibit to examine so-called found photographs


An exhibition opening this summer at the Detroit Institute of Arts is offering a look at so-called found photographs rescued from attics, resale shops and other places.

“Lost & Found: Photographs from the DIA’s Collection “ opens Aug. 26 and is scheduled to run through March 3, 2019.

The exhibit will include photographs from the 1860s to the 1970s by unknown and amateur photographers that provide a glimpse into the city of Detroit, themes associated with the automobile and portraits that immortalize family members and everyday people.

Included are images from carnival photo booths, family albums, snapshots and commercial portrait studios. Museum director and CEO Salvador Salort-Pons says in a statement the exhibition “brings to life how photography reveals the relevance of our shared experiences.”

Associated Press

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