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National Civil Rights Museum: From the Vault

The blog series From the Vault from the Interpretation, Collections and Education Department of the National Civil Rights Museum offers an exclusive look into some of the lesser known objects, documents, paintings, and other pieces from the museum's collection. Each blog post in the series focuses on a particular artifact and contextualizes it within the broader history of the struggle for civil rights in the U.S., which makes this series particularly useful for history teachers. For instance, the post "Honoring Jazz: An Early American Art Form," profiles prominent jazz artists and their impact on the Civil Rights Movement, such as Nina Simone addressing stereotypes of Black women with the song "Four Women," Billie Holiday calling attention to Jim Crow-era lynchings in the song "Strange Fruit," and Ella Fitzgerald paying homage to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with "He Had A Dream." Another post, "Water Dippers," looks at a pair of rusty ladles used by plumbing workers in 1940s Arkansas to drink water from a communal bucket. Innocuous at first, the letters "W" and "C" on these ladles highlights the daily experience of discrimination for Black Americans. The National Civil Rights Museum is located in Memphis, Tennessee, and is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.
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October 22nd, 2021
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October 14th, 2021 at 2:17pm
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October 15th, 2021 at 8:19am
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