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This Week in Art 7.24-7.30: The Brooklyn Museum’s “Legacy of Lynching”

Shirah Dedman, Phoebe Dedman, and Luz Myles visiting Shreveport, Louisiana, where in 1912 their relative Thomas Miles, Sr., was lynched (2017). Photo: Rog Walker and Bee Walker for the Equal Justice Initiative.

On Wednesday the Brooklyn Museum is opening a powerful new exhibition on the history of lynchings in the U.S. Entitled The Legacy of Lynching: Confronting Racial Terror in America, the exhibition includes work by Sanford Biggers, Kara Walker and Glenn Ligon alongside an interactive exhibit by the Equal Justice Initiative. Based on research of 4,000 lynchings of African-Americans between 1877 and 1950, the interactive exhibit includes a short film, audio stories, an interactive map, and is also available online.

“Our nation’s history of racial injustice casts a shadow across the American landscape,” said EJI Executive Director Bryan Stevenson. “This shadow cannot be lifted until we shine the light of truth on the destructive violence that shaped our nation, traumatized people of color, and compromised our commitment to the rule of law and equal justice. We all must engage this history more honestly.”

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It’s impossible to include all the incredible exhibitions and art events happening this week in a single post. If there’s something you feel should have been included in today’s roundup, leave a comment below!

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