Saturday, July 06, 2013

"Free At Last": temporary Smithsonian exhibit "Changing America" and group performance of famous song

The Smithsonian Museum of American History is hosting an exhibit from the National Museum of African American History (site) , to be completed in 2015.  The exhibit is called “Changing America, The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963. 

Other than for the two posters outside the exhibit, there was no photography allowed in the exihibit, but there is a handout with many photographs, including a plantation at Beaufort, SC (1862), and a bus in Madison, WI headed for DC, and Cumberland Landing, VA1962.

There is also a large exhibit recreation of a lunch counter in Greensboro, NC, from 1960.  A spokeperson led a group singing of “Free At Last” (about 40 seconds) below.


The exhibit includes chards from the explosion in Birmingham, AL in 1963  The church image shown was in Black and White taken shortly after the event; Wikipedia has a modern picture of the 16th Street Baptist Church (attribution, movies blog, Feb. 6, 2013, review of “March to Justice”).  

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