Freedom, Resistance, and the Journey Toward Equality

“FREEDOM & RESISTANCE” is dedicated to the thousands of unsung lives given in the name of freedom and equality. It has been designed to take visitors on a journey through the African American experience addressing several key periods throughout history that many visitors have come to anticipate being a permanent fixture within a culturally specific institution such as the DuSable Museum of African American History. The visitor will begin at the apex of the Transatlantic Slave Trade and journey through the chattel slave system in the Americas.

Visitors will then move through Reconstruction, the Great Migration and view the height of the Jim Crow era of racial segregation in this country. At this juncture, the exhibition will deliver the audience into the aggregate, parallel tracks of the Civil Rights Movement and the Black Power Movement as they unfolded throughout the 1960s and 70s. Visitors will learn about the achievements and setbacks of the 1980s and 90s before ending their experience at the dawn of the 21st Century as the country elected its first African-American President.

“FREEDOM & RESISTANCE” will prompt visitors to come face-to-face with American history illustrated by the use of 200 objects, artifacts and archival videos and images. Also, with the advancement of exhibition design and interpretation techniques, this exhibition will provide visitors, with the level of storytelling and depth of the Museum’s collections as it relates to the future.

Organized by DuSable Museum of African American History

Sponsored in part by: Magellan Corporation, Harry E. Griffin