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Alexander Community Gallery

Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow

Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow

Black Americans gained monumental new liberties after the Civil War and the end of slavery.  The era known as Reconstruction brought freedom, citizenship, and, for men, the right to vote.  By the early 1900s, these liberties had been sabotaged by a repressive racial system known as Jim Crow.

Organized by the New York Historical Society, this exhibition chronicles the long strides forward, bruising setbacks, and heroic struggle for equality that took place during these years.

Lead support for this traveling exhibition 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.

Image Credit: Newly freed African Americans learned to read and write. Photograph. Collection of the New York Historical Society Library, New York, NY.

On display February 16 - May 5, 2019