Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863, and the March on Washington, 1963, a traveling exhibition now open at the GRPM, examines the relationship between two great people’s movements, which both grew out of decades of bold actions, resistance, organization, and vision. One hundred years separate them, yet they are linked in a larger story of liberty and the American experience – one that has had a profound impact on the generations that followed.
The GRPM added a twist to the exhibition, using artifacts and stories from a local perspective. In addition to artifacts from the GRPM Collections, many artifacts on display are on loan from the Grand Rapids African American Museum and Archives. Local stories are told through the eyes of our community in the form of oral histories. The exhibition includes a place for visitors to share their story. Shared stories will be saved in the GRPM’s digital archive found at grpmcollections.org.
Changing America at the GRPM now through October 13, 2019 and is free with general admission.
Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963 was created by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Museum of American History in collaboration with the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The exhibition is made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).