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Exhibits & Gallery Events

The African American Migration Experience 

November 13, 2014 — March 13, 2015 (extended)

About the Exhibit

Curated by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, IN MOTION challenges the myths about African-descended peoples’ movement into, within, and out of the United States, documenting their unique histories of migration over the last five centuries.  

Through photographs, narrative, and art, it weaves the story of men and women forcibly removed from Africa and transported like chattel from the fringes of the New World to the deep American South.

It further speaks of fugitives seeking freedom across this land and beyond; of the disenchanted departing for foreign shores; of 20th-century “strivers” fleeing their southern birthplaces in search of economic opportunity and safety; and of waves of immigrants from the Caribbean, South America, and Africa arriving to the US. 

Lastly, IN MOTION speaks of a more recent trend: that of African Americans who have relocated to the very South from which they or their forebears fled—returning to familiar places like Atlanta, Charlotte, Houston, Birmingham, Miami, Charleston, and New Orleans.

IN MOTION: A "moving" experience that is truly a moving experience! 

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