From Storefront to Monument: Tracing the Public History of the Black Museum Movement

From Storefront to Monument: Tracing the Public History of the Black Museum Movement

by Andrea A. Burns

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ISBN-13: 9781625340351
Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
Publication date: 10/31/2013
Series: Public History in Historical Perspective Series
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 1,198,745
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Andrea A. Burns is assistant professor of history at Appalachian State University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction Museums on the Front Lines: Confronting the "Conspiracy of Silence" 1

1 When "Civil Rights Are Not Enough": Building the Black Museum Movement 15

2 "Not in My Backyard": The Contested Origins of the African American Museum of Philadelphia 41

3 Confronting the "Tyranny of Relevance": Exhibits and the Politics of Representation 72

4 "To Satisfy a Deadline but Little Else": The Public Debut of the African American Museum of Philadelphia 106

5 Rocky Transitions: Black Museums Approach a New Era 129

6 A Museum for the Future: The National Museum of African American History and Culture 156

Conclusion The Ties That Bind: Museums as Community Agents 179

Notes 189

Index 237

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Renee Romano

Clearly written and concisely argued, From Storefront to Monument will be of great interest to scholars in the field of museum studies. It also deserves wide readership in the broader field of African American studies, where there has been no comparable work that offers an overarching history of the black museum movement as an important political movement.

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