Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Following the Civil Rights Trail

By Claudia Dreifus
At the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, 800 steel monuments loom above, each representing a county in Alabama where lynchings had taken place. Audra Melton for The New York Times
For many Americans now, the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s has faded into history, reflected in old black and white photos that look like they were taken in some faraway land. For others, though, those years and the events that unfolded remain embedded in our psyches, having profoundly affected who we came to be. The museums are often on the actual site of critical events, delivering an experience to activist baby boomers similar to what “Greatest Generation” veterans must feel at Omaha Beach or Iwo Jima. [More]

This article is part of our latest special report on Museums, which focuses on the intersection of art and politics.