“Freedom Papers: Black Assertions from the Archives”

November 15, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
MSE Library, Q-Level
Malone Hall
3400 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21218

The BFSA and the Center for Africana studies have collaborated on a new exhibition, Freedom Papers: Black Assertions From the Archives.  The exhibit is now installed on M-Level of the MSE Library, Homewood Campus, and will last until February, 2018.

Freedom Papers: Black Assertions From the Archives explores the critical role that the African American experience has historically played in shaping American notions of personal freedom. The exhibition weaves together five distinct freedom stories to illustrate the many ways that Black people have transcended the limitations that oppression would otherwise impose, revealing to themselves and others an autonomy of their own making.  The exhibit features materials drawn from the Johns Hopkins Special Collections and Archives and unique book art pieces created by artist Martha Edgerton, a former BFSA president. The items on display include less-known African American materials held by the Hopkins library, including an 1886 account of the Amistad trial; a 1937 souvenir program from Josephine Baker; a photograph taken in 1930 of Black Gold Star mothers; and the personal letters and photographs of African American soldiers who served in World War II. These once-hidden items are paired with one-of-a-kind book art pieces. The exhibition runs until February 28, 2018.  There is an accompanying website for the exhibition.