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Exhibition explores era of Jim Crow

Wednesday, June 23, 2021 by Tai Moses

The Bullock Texas State History Museum is hosting a traveling exhibition titled Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow, organized by the New York Historical Society, that “explores the national struggle for full citizenship and racial equality that unfolded in the 50 years after the Civil War.” Bullock Museum Director Margaret Koch explained in a press release, “We are in a time of examining the root causes of inequality in order to create a better and more equitable future. This exhibition helps provide the foundation for those seeking a stronger understanding of not just the injustices of our past, but how disenfranchised citizens remained resilient and moved the country forward.” Among the many artifacts on display in the exhibition are an 1850s ballot box, a Burroughs adding machine and a Jim Crow segregated bus sign. Early audio recordings and rare historic footage round out the experience. Said Koch, “We are proud to bring this poignant and powerful exhibition to Texas. We hope to offer a safe space that is based on historical records to have conversations and dialogue about divisive aspects of our history so that we can continue the journey towards a more perfect union.” The exhibition will be on view until Nov. 28. Reserve tickets and time slots here.

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