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Mosaic Templars Cultural Center will open “Hateful Things” exhibit Sept. 19

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center - Monday, August 26, 2019

LITTLE ROCK (Aug. 16, 2019)  — The founder and director of the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia will speak at the Sept. 19 opening of the “Hateful Things” exhibit at Mosaic Templars Cultural Center.

David Pilgrim, one of the country’s leading experts on issues relating to diversity and race relations, started the Jim Crow Museum in an effort to use his collection of racist objects to teach tolerance and promote social justice.

MTCC is hosting Pilgrim’s presentation and the “Hateful Things” exhibit in remembrance of the Elaine Massacre, a racial conflict that began on Sept. 30, 1919, in Elaine, Ark., that became the deadliest racial confrontation in Arkansas history.

“Hateful Things,” one of the Jim Crow Museum’s traveling exhibits, is a collection of objects and images that trace the stereotyping of African Americans from the late 19th century to the present. Some of the items include derogatory caricatures, signs from the segregation era and images commending violence against African Americans.

“We chose to host this exhibit because we want to help people understand how these types of depictions create a culture of fear and hatred that has led to tragedies like the Elaine Massacre,” MTCC Director Christina Shutt said.

“David Pilgrim’s message concerning open, honest, even painful discussions about race is especially relevant here in Arkansas as we remember the 100th anniversary of the Elaine Massacre,” added Stacy Hurst, secretary of the Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism.

The exhibit’s opening event begins with light refreshments at a reception at 5:30 p.m., and then pianist Linda Holzer will perform “Fantasie Negre,” a piece that Little Rock native Florence Price wrote in 1929. Many people believe that Price wrote the piece in remembrance of the Elaine Massacre.

Pilgrim will speak after the music, and then guests will have a chance to ask questions. Admission to the museum, including the opening event, is free. The exhibit and related programming are funded in part through a grant from the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council.

MTCC is located at 501 W. Ninth St, Little Rock, AR 72201. For more information, please call (501) 683-3592 or email [email protected].

The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, a museum of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, is dedicated to preserving, interpreting and celebrating African American history and culture in Arkansas. Other divisions of the Department of Arkansas Heritage include Arkansas Arts Council, Arkansas Historic Preservation, Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, Arkansas State Archives, Delta Cultural Center, Historic Arkansas Museum and Old State House Museum.

 

(Photos courtesy of the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia at Ferris State University)

 


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