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September 27, 2020

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SEPTEMBER 27-OCTOBER 3, 2020 WHAT'S UP! 3 Making History 'Black Experience' is topic at Rogers Historical Museum BECCA MARTIN-BROWN NWA Democrat-Gazette W hen the Rogers Historical Museum reopened to the public Sept. 24, its exhibits showcased not just the past but history being made in the present. "Reflections of The Black Experience," an art collection curated by Kinya Christian and on show in the Trammel Gallery, is "reflective of the African diaspora to the modern-day Black experience in America." Conceived and installed before covid-19 closed the museum, the exhibition features works by local and regional artists including Brian Elenbarger, Marzelle Williams, Gregory Janicke, Nick Palmer, Leona Hunter-Wade, DeShon McBride, Karen Wagaman, Shelley Mouber and Jim Johnson and offers "visual excerpts of the groundbreaking 1619 Project led by Nikole Hannah-Jones with The New York Times, as well as other historical images highlighting the Black American experience," Christian says. Christian says she had her own eyes opened to history she'd never really been taught when she discovered The 1619 Project last year. "The version of American history I was taught in public school did not include most of the historical facts reported on in The 1619 Project. And what is more, this project brings the facts forward and exposes their effect on systems we exist under today," she says. "People need to realize that racism is defined as a power structure of socio-economic actions, practices and beliefs that allows one group to put a system in place where they use their race to direct discrimination against people of a different race. Racism is nothing new in America, but too much of the conversation mistakes being Among works on show in "Reflections of The Black Experience," which reopened Sept. 24 at the Rogers Historical Museum, is "Woman I" by Kinya Christian (left). Also on show is "Java Love" by Gregory Janicke (above). (Courtesy Images) ROGERS FAQ 'Reflections of The Black Experience' WHEN — 10-11 a.m. & 1-2 p.m. Thursday & Friday; 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, through Febru- ary 2021 WHERE — Rogers Historical Museum COST — Free INFO — 621-1154 or rogers historicalmuseum.org See Museum Page 4

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