Metropolitan State University is Minnesota’s sole host for the Smithsonian’s traveling exhibit, “Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and The March on Washington, 1963” which comes to campus in late September.
Based upon an original interactive exhibition developed by the National Museum of African American History and Culture, this traveling version examines the impact of two great people’s movements that resulted in the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, and The March on Washington in 1963. Both grew out of decades of bold actions, resistance, organization, and vision. One hundred years separate them, yet they are linked in a larger story of liberty and the American experience – one that has had a profound impact on the generations that followed. The exhibition tells the story of how these two pivotal events came into being, a century apart, and how they helped put the nation on a course to fulfill its commitment to liberty and justice for all.
The opening reception for the exhibit is from 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 29 in the Susan B. Cole Lounge on the first floor of the Metropolitan State University Library and Learning Center, 645 East Seventh Street, Saint Paul.
Presentations will take place from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. from Petronella J. Ytsma, photographer and community faculty at Metropolitan State, and William P. Jones, professor of history at the University of Minnesota and author of “The March on Washington: Jobs, Freedom and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights.” This event is free and open to the public.
Changing America: We March, We Demand. Image courtesy of Library of Congress
Changing America: Participants at the March on Washington. Image courtesy of U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.
Changing America: J. J. Smith’s Plantation, Beaufort, South Carolina, 1862. Image courtesy of Library of Congress.
Changing America: Republican Members of the South Carolina Legislature. Image courtesy of Library of Congress.
Changing America: Emancipation Day, Richmond, Virginia, 1905. Image courtesy of Library of Congress.
Changing America: 1922 Dedication of the Lincoln Memorial. Image courtesy of Library of Congress.
Changing America: Family portrait. Image courtesy of Library of Congress.
Changing America: “Reading the Emancipation Proclamation,” J. W. Watts, 1864. Image courtesy of: U.S. National Archives and Records Administration
Changing America: President Lyndon B. Johnson Signs the Civil Rights Act, July 2, 1964. Image courtesy of Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum
The “Changing America” display is free and open to the public from Sept. 21 to Nov. 4 in the Todd and Martha Nicholson Information Commons on the first floor of Metropolitan State University’s Library and Learning Center.
For information, parking details or to request a docent for a guided tour, visit our website or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-793-1285. Continue reading Sept. 29: Changing America exhibit opening reception