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The exhibition Race:  Are We So Different?  brings together the everyday experience of living with race, its history as an idea, the role of science in that history, and the findings of contemporary science that are challenging its foundations.  

Interactive exhibit components, historical artifacts, iconic objects, compelling photographs, multimedia presentations, and attractive graphic displays offer visitors to RACE an eye-opening look at its important subject matter.

RACE Exhibit Programs:

Diversity Dialogues Presented by Kathy and JW Gibson

Free Lecture Series Presented by Raymond James
I Am An Icon

The phrase “I Am a Man,” was used on placards carried by the striking Memphis Sanitation Workers in 1968. Its association with the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King has made it an iconic symbol throughout the world.

The exhibit will feature an original “I Am A Man” placard picked up on the street on March 29, 1968 after a march. Also shown will be a stark red version of the sign with the word “Memphis” below the four main words printed by Emerson Printing in San Francisco shortly after the assassination of Dr. King and a third placard, carried after the assassination of Dr. King which reads, “Honor King, End Racism.”

Ernest Withers: I Am a Man Portfolio will surround the three posters. The original poem, “I Am A Man,” by Memphian Robert Worsham, believed to be the inspiration for the marchers, will be graphically presented.

Finally, a large painting entitled “IM” by artists Tim Rollins and K.O.S with stark black letters IM over the text of Ralph Ellison’s novel, Invisible Man.

In Our Own Backyard

In Our Own Backyard tells the sad but inspiring story of the segregated history of the Pink Palace Museum and the students who staged a nonviolent action which lead to their arrest and trial. Their case was appealed to the United States Supreme Court which issued an opinion that finally opened our Museum equally to all visitors.

Historical Marker Dedication

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