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740 East 56th Place

Chicago, Illinois 60637

(773) 947-0600


Raymond Ward
(773) 947-0600 ext 228


Chicago, IL. (30 June 2015) --- FREEDOM, RESISTANCE and The Journey Toward
Equality, is one of the largest permanent installations ever curated by the staff of
the DuSable Museum of African American History, and will highlight a
chronological interpretation of the African Diaspora. The exhibition will exclusively
utilize objects and artifacts from the Museums own collection and will open on
Friday, August 28, 2015 at the Museum which is located at 740 East 56th Place (57th
Street and South Cottage Grove Avenue) in Chicago.
FREEDOM, RESISTANCE and The Journey Toward Equality is dedicated to the
thousands of unknown lives given in the name of freedom and quality. 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 complex, 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
FREEDOM, RESISTANCE and The Journey Toward Equality will prompt visitors to
come face-to-face with American history illustrated by the use of 200 objects, artifacts and
archival videos and images. In addition, with the advancement of exhibition design and
interpretation techniques, this exhibition will provide visitors with the level of storytelling
and depth of the Museums collections as it relates to the future.
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Selected artifacts featured in Freedom, Resistance and The Journey Toward Equality
Iron Punishment Collar 15th Century
Wood Yoke Typically used in a coffle, wooden yokes were employed as punishment
Bilboes Leg-Irons
Book Ioannis Leonis Africani Africae, 1632
Book The Political State of Great Britain 1734
Am I Not A Man and A Brother English Anti-Slavery token, c.1790
Branding Irons
Slave Ship Reproduction Image
Slaves for Sale Reproduction Image of Newspaper Advertisement, 1780
1836 Cotton Plantation Owners Journal
Leather Brogans/Jefferson Booties, c.1861 first manufactured for enslaved persons as an
inexpensive work shoe
Field Cradle Wood
Five Tine Push Plow Wood & Iron
Charleston, South Carolina Slave Tag copper
Receipt Three Negro Slaves, 1837
Jolly Nigger Mechanical Bank iron
Mammy Figure ceramic
Hand painted Jim Crow Diner Sign
Upright desk owned by journalist and Suffragist Ida B. Wells
Ku Klux Klan Robe c.1920
Postcard, 1908 Race Riot in Springfield, Illinois
Fitchburg Sentinel Newspaper, 1919 Bloody Battles Still Rage in Chicago
Segregated Sign Colored Only, No White Allowed Lenox Theater, Augusta, Georgia
I Am A Man Sign Placard, 1968
Jet Magazine, September 15, 1955 featuring article on Emmett Till lynching
FW Woolworth Stool, c1955
Photograph, FW Woolworth Sit-In, 1960
Flyer of Dr. Martin Luther King Speech at Soldier Field, 1966
Poster One Man, One Vote, SNCC
Booklet, Racial Segregation is Christian September 15, 1963
The March on Washington Program 1963
Newspaper, Chicago Sun Times Malcolm X Slain February 22, 1965
Free Breakfast Sign Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party
Reproduction Image Women of the Black Panther Party
Ticket to Senator Barack Obama Presidential campaign announcement, Springfield,
2007 Barack Obama Hope Campaign Poster and Lapel Pin
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FREEDOM, RESISTANCE and The Journey Toward Equality is sponsored by: The
Magellan Corporation, The Irving Harris Foundation, Mrs. Marie Griffin, The DuSable

Museum of African American History, and United Airlines, the Official Airline of the
DuSable Museum. The DuSable Museum of African American History gratefully
acknowledges the Chicago Park Districts generous support of the Museum. This project
was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
The DuSable Museum of African American History is open Tuesday through Saturday,
from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM and Sunday from 12:00 NOON until 5:00 PM. Admission is
$10 for adults ($8 for Chicago residents), $7 for students and senior citizens ($5 for
Chicago residents), $3 for children ages 6 through 11 ($2 for Chicago residents) and
children 5 years of age and younger are admitted free. Sundays are FREE to all. The
Museum may be reached by CTA buses #3, #4 and #55 and limited free parking is also
available on the premises.
About The DuSable Museum of African American History
The DuSable Museum of African American History is one of the oldest institutions of its kind in the
country. Our mission is to collect, preserve and display artifacts and objects that promote understanding
and inspire appreciation of the achievements, contributions and experiences of African Americans through
exhibits, programs and activities that illustrate African and African American history, culture and art. For
more information on the Museum and its programs, please call (773) 947-0600 or visit us at