Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow

Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow

February 5, 2019 to April 28, 2019
Museum Lobby

Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow details the national story of the struggle for black equality after the end of slavery and through the Jim Crow era. This poster exhibition created by the New-York Historical Society Museum and Library will be on view in the State Museum’s main lobby through April 28. In addition, artifacts from the State Museum’s African American history collection will also be on display from February 5 through March 3.

Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow explores the struggle for full citizenship and racial equality that unfolded in the decades after the Civil War. While Black Americans gained new liberties after the Civil War and the end of slavery, by the early 1900s these liberties had been sabotaged by a repressive racial system known as Jim Crow. The exhibition features eight posters with images of artifacts and documents that chronicle the long strides forward, bruising setbacks, and heroic struggle for equality that took place during these years.

Classroom materials and an educator guide for the Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow exhibition, developed by the New-York Historical Society Museum and Library, is available for teachers from the New-York Historical Society website, https://www.nyhistory.org/exhibitions/black-citizenship-age-jim-crow, under "Resources". The curriculum materials include primary and secondary resources, classroom activities and discussion questions.