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Brooklyn Museum: Tracing the History of Lynching in America

Brooklyn Museum: Tracing the History of Lynching in America

In New York this autumn take a stroll down to see Brooklyn Museum’s latest exhibition, “The Legacy of Lynching: Confronting Racial Terror in America,”

On until October 2017 the exhibition seeks to spark an honest conversation about the legacy of racial injustice in America today. In collaboration with the non-profit Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) and Google, the exhibition presents the EJI’s research into the history of lynching and connects it to artworks and archival material from the Brooklyn Museum’s collections.

The exhibition also features EJI’s plans to open a national monument in 2018 in Montgomery, Alabama, named The Memorial to Peace and Justice, commemorating victims of racial terror lynching. The memorial will be accompanied by a museum, “From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration,” exploring the legacy of slavery, segregation, and mass incarceration.

Google provides technological support which includes interactive heat maps tracing the stories and locations of lynchings in the U.S. between 1877 and 1950 (in the south there was over  4,000). Included are  personal accounts from the descendants of black Americans  killed in acts of white terrorism, and artworks from the Museum’s own collection addressing America’s continuing legacy of institutionalized racism.

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Date: Ends October 8, 2017 Where: New York City  Flights:  London to NY:  Virgin or American Airlines