The NAACP of Lane County, Oregon Black Pioneers, Lane County Historical Museum, and the City of Eugene are honored to present a commemorative poster exhibition, “A Place for All People: Introducing the National Museum of African American History and Culture,” on display at the Downtown Eugene Public Library from Sunday, November 6 through November 28. The exhibit can be viewed during all Library open hours in the Newspapers and Magazines Room on the 2nd floor of the Downtown Library. Admission is free.
“A Place for All People” celebrates the opening in September 2016 of the Smithsonian Institution’s newest museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. Organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) in collaboration with the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the professional poster display highlights key artifacts that tell the rich and diverse story of the African American experience. From the child-size shackles of a slave and the clothing worn by Carolotta Walls on her first day at Little Rock Central High School to Chuck Berry’s Gibson guitar, “Maybellene,” and the track shoes worn by Olympian Carl Lewis, the exhibit presents a living history that reflects challenge, triumph, faith, and hope.
The journey to establish the museum began a century ago with a call for a national memorial to honor the contributions of African American Civil War veterans. After decades of efforts by private citizens, organizations and members of Congress, federal legislation was passed in 2003 to create the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Since then, thousands of artifacts have been collected to fill the inspiring new building that has risen on the National Mall.
Through its exhibitions and programs, the museum provides a shared lens to view the nation’s history and the possibility for hope and healing. According to the Smithsonian Institution, “It is a place where all can gather to remember, reflect and embrace America’s story: a place for all people.”
SITES has been sharing the wealth of Smithsonian collections and research programs with millions of people outside Washington, D.C., for 65 years. SITES connects Americans to their shared cultural heritage through a wide range of exhibitions about art, science, and history, which are shown wherever people live, work, and play. For more information about the current exhibit, contact Eugene Public Library at 541-682-5450.