Exhibitions

Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow

September 07, 2018
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March 03, 2019
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Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow explores the struggle for full citizenship and racial equality that unfolded in the 50 years after the Civil War. When slavery ended in 1865, a period of Reconstruction began, leading to such achievements as the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the Constitution. By 1868, all persons born in the United States were citizens and equal under the law. But efforts to create an interracial democracy were contested from the start. A harsh backlash ensued, ushering in a half century of the “separate but equal” age of Jim Crow.

Opening to mark the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment, the exhibition is organized chronologically from the end of the Civil War to the end of World War I and highlights the central role played by African Americans in advocating for their rights. It also examines the depth and breadth of opposition to black advancement. Art, artifacts, photographs, and media will help visitors explore these transformative decades in American history, and understand their continuing relevance today. Curated by Marci Reaven, vice president of history exhibitions, and Lily Wong, assistant curator.

Lead support for Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow provided by National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor. Major support provided by the Ford Foundation, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, Crystal McCrary and Raymond J. McGuire, and Agnes Gund. 

Exhibitions at New-York Historical are made possible by Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar Tang, the Saunders Trust for American History, the Seymour Neuman Endowed Fund, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. WNET is the media sponsor.

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Robert Smalls
Photographer unknown.

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Harriet Tubman
Harvey B. Lindsley, ca. 1871–1876, Collection of the National Museum of African American History & Culture shared with the Library of of Congress.

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Ida B. Wells
Photo: Mary Garrity, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

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Mary McLeod Bethune
State Library & Archives of Florida

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Mifflin Wistar Gibbs
C. M. Bell Studio Collection, LIbrary of Congress

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Woman holding a basket
Library of Congress / Gladstone Collection of African American Photographs

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James Weldon Johnson
Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

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Madam C.J. Walker
Scurlock Studio, Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History

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Marshall Walter "Major" Taylor
Collection Jules Beau, Bibliothèque nationale de France

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Woman seated holding book
Library of Congress / Gladstone Collection of African American Photographs

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Pullman Porter
C.M. Bell Studio Collection / Library of Congress

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Frederick Douglass
New-York Historical Society

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Maggie Lena Walker
Image Courtesy of National Park Service, Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site

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W. E. B. DuBois
Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

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George Washington Carver
Tuskegee University Archives/Museum

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Bessie Coleman
National Air and Space Museum, Archives Division,Washington, DC

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Nannie Helen Burroughs
Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

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Booker T. Washington
Library of Congress, Harris & Ewing Collection

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Sadie T.M. Alexander
University Archives at Penn Libraries, University of Pennsylvania

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Students at Roger Williams University
Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

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Lt. Henry O. Flipper
U.S. House of Representatives. Committee on Military Affairs, National Archive and Records Administration

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Soldier in Union uniform with wife and two daughters
Library of Congress, African American Photographs Assembled for 1900 Paris Exposition

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Alain Leroy Locke
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Photographs and Prints Division, The New York Public Library.

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Eugene Jacques Bullard
U.S. Air Force

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Woman with a young boy
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Linda and Artis Cason

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Edmonia Lewis
Henry Rocher, Smithsonian Institute, National Portrait Gallery

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Daughter of Thomas E. Askew
Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

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Man seated, wearing hat and bandana
Library of Congress / Gladstone Collection of African American Photographs

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