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Civil Rights exhibit set to open at El Paso Museum of History

The El Paso Museum of History invites the public to explore how images transformed the modern civil rights movement with the opening of the exhibit For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights on January 28.

The museum will host an opening reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, January 28. The media is invited to preview the exhibition at 10 a.m., Thursday, January 28 at the El Paso Museum of History, 501 Santa Fe.

The touring exhibition will be on display at the museum through March 16. Through a compelling assortment of photographs, television clips, art posters, and historic artifacts, the exhibition traces how images and media disseminated to the American public transformed the modern civil rights movement and jolted Americans, both black and white, out of a state of denial or complacency.

“Exhibitions like this are important for us to be able to more fully tell the story of all the communities that have helped shape El Paso and by extension American history,” said Ben Fyffe, Assistant Director for the Museums and Cultural Affairs Department and Interim Director for the El Paso Museum of History.

Fyffe added, “I was particularly excited that the exhibition focuses on visual culture—images that our part of our everyday landscape generated by advertising, television, media and popular culture that more and more have a critical role in shaping our perceptions and understanding of people and the world around us.”

The El Paso Museum of History is planning several events in conjunction with this exhibit. These include lectures, family crafts and discussions. Additionally, the museum will be showing “Freedom Summer” and “The Loving Story” as part of the National Endowment for the Humanities Created Equal Grant.

This exhibition has been made possible through NEH on the Road, a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities. It has been adapted and is being toured by Mid-America Arts Alliance.

For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Right was organized by The Center for Art, Design, and Visual Culture, University of Maryland, Baltimore Country, in partnership with the National Museum of African-American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution.

For more information and a complete schedule of events visit the El Paso Museum of History at https://history.elpasotexas.gov

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