The New York State Museum has announced the opening of the poster exhibition Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow, detailing the national story of the struggle for black equality after the end of slavery and through the Jim Crow era.
In recognition of Black History Month, this poster exhibition created by the New-York Historical Society Museum and Library will be on view in the State Museum’s main lobby through April 28. In addition, artifacts from the State Museum’s African American history collection will also be on display through March 3.
Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow explores the struggle for full citizenship and racial equality that unfolded in the decades after the Civil War. While Black Americans gained new liberties after the Civil War and the end of slavery, by the early 1900s these liberties had been sabotaged by a repressive racial system known as Jim Crow. The exhibition features eight posters with images of artifacts and documents that chronicle the struggle for equality that took place during these years.
Classroom materials and an educator guide for the Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow exhibition, developed by the New-York Historical Society Museum and Library, are available for teachers. The curriculum materials include primary and secondary resources, classroom activities and discussion questions.
Images from the exhibition, including artifacts from the State Museum’s collection, are available on the Museum’s website.
The Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow poster exhibition is based on a larger exhibition currently on view at the New-York Historical Society through March 3, 2019. Lead support provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor. Major support provided by the Ford Foundation, Crystal McCrary and Raymond J. McGuire, and Agnes Gund.
The New York State Museum is located at 222 Madison Avenue in Albany. For more information, call (518) 474-5877 or visit the Museum website.
Portrait of Dred Scott courtesy New York Historical Society.