Newseum to display news coverage artifacts from Ferguson protests

Ferguson October

Beverly Adams, 63, of University City, Mo., during the “Ferguson October” protest march in St. Louis. (Courtesy Beverly Adams)

Following the shooting death of Michael Brown and the grand jury decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson, the Newseum has collected more than a dozen items from protesters and journalists in Ferguson, Mo. Now, those items will go on display at the Newseum, serving as a reminder of the importance of the five First Amendment freedoms.

On Friday, December 19, the museum will update its “Make Some Noise: Students and the Civil Rights Movement” to include a press pass and two rubber pellet balls donated by St. Louis Public Radio producer Stephanie Lecci, a homemade “Police the Police” poster used by protesters and several reporters’ notebooks containing notes about the events. Newseum online managing editor Sharon Shahid traveled to St. Louis to collect the items; read her compelling account of conversations with people on the front lines of the conflict in Ferguson.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch photographer David Carson donated his notebook and clothes he wore the night of the most intense rioting, when demonstrators shoved him to the ground. Click here to listen to the Newseum Institute’s Journalism/Works podcast featuring an interview with Carson talking about covering the protests.

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