Artifacts and objects from the Revolutionary War through the Vietnam War documenting the history of African-Americans in the armed forces.
While Jim Crow laws were forcing segregation upon African-Americans in the southern United States, Nazi Germany produced more than 400 pieces of legislation severely limiting the public and private lives of its Jewish populations. The 1935 Nuremberg Laws deprived Jews of their citizenship; two years before that, the Law for the Restoration of the Professional Civil Service ousted 2,000 German and Austrian academics, mostly Jews, from their teaching positions. Some of these intellectuals found employment at historically black colleges and universities in the American south. "Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow," a traveling exhibition inspired by a 1993 book by Gabrielle Edgcomb and a later PBS documentary, tells the story of "the unlikely coming together of these two groups, each the object of exclusion and hatred, and examines the ongoing encounter between them as they navigated the challenges of life in the segregated South." Continue reading >>