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The Power of Objects: Civil Rights Collections at the National Museum of American History

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From the Smithsonian Institution:

"The National Museum of American History’s civil rights collections grew out of the political turmoil of the 1960s that engulfed the nation’s capital and the country. Some material was collected by curators, several of whom were personally active in local civil rights organizations, and other items were literally left behind on the Smithsonian’s doorsteps. The collection today includes items ranging from 19th century abolitionists broadsides to contemporary protest signs. This presentation will explore how this collection was first formed, look at some of the most significant items in the collection, and discuss what new directions the museum is considering."