HistoryMiami Museum’s 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 before 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. This exhibition was organized by the New-York Historical Society.
This timely and important exhibit is on view through February 12, 2023.
Stories of Resistance from Black Miami: From Civil Rights to BLM
The lasting impact of the Jim Crow era has inspired a history of significant racial justice efforts led by Black Miamians. As a supplement to Black Citizenship, HistoryMiami Museum curated Stories of Resistance from Black Miami, an oral history project co-created by the museum and individuals involved in past and contemporary movements, explores Black Miami’s long and ongoing struggle, resistance, and resilience in response to racial injustice. The diversity of Miami’s Black communities, including African Americans, Haitians, Bahamians, Afro-Latinos, and others allows Stories of Resistance to feature culturally diverse perspectives on the trajectory of racial justice efforts in Miami from the 1950s to the present. The exhibition will feature interviews from notable activists in Miami including Thelma Gibson, Betty Ferguson, and Lonnie Lawrence.
An Unpaid Debt
Washington, D.C. was filled with demonstrators in August 1963, the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation. African Americans and their supporters demanded that the US make good, at last, on its promise of equal rights for all American citizens.
From the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. invoked the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. He said they were “a promissory note . . . a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” America, Dr. King said, had not lived up to its word.
The massive 1963 March on Washington electrified the nation and spurred historic civil rights legislation. But it was just one dramatic episode in a centuries-long struggle for, in Dr. King’s words, the riches of freedom and the security of justice.
HistoryMiami is located at 101 West Flagler Street, Miami, FL 33130. Parking is suggested at the Miami-Dade Cultural Center Garage (a 3-minute walk to the museum), 50 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33130.
|Children (under 6)||Free|
|Seniors (with ID)||$8|
|Visitors with Disabilities and their
|Research Center One-Month Pass||$10|
See here for special discount and group rates.
HistoryMiami Museum is located on the plaza level on the Miami-Dade Cultural Center across from the Miami Dade County Library. There are four ways you can enter the plaza level. You may enter through the bridge of Cultural Center Parking Garage, you can take the stairwell to the plaza level located on Flagler Street across from, a ramp near the corner of Flagler and NW 1st Avenue, or the stairs located on NW 1st street across from the Government Center.
More on parking at the Miami-Dade Cultural Center Garage:
Take the south elevator to the second floor exit. Exit this floor and follow the pathway across a covered, above street level footbridge that leads directly to the Miami-Dade Cultural Plaza. Parking for Museum visitors with validation is a flat rate of $5. Parking may be validated at the Museum’s Visitor Services desk.
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