Follow the Black History Trail at the Newseum

black history month trail

Look for this sticker throughout the Newseum to explore key moments in black history.

To commemorate Black History Month, the Newseum is highlighting a trail of exhibits, artifacts and videos throughout the building that explore key moments in African American history. The trail starts on the Concourse Level, where special “Black History” stickers guide guests through the Newseum’s historical content. Highlights include:

  • FBI Exhibit on the Concourse Level
    Artifacts relating to major civil rights cases, including the FBI’s 1964 Mississippi Burning investigation.
  • News Corporation News History Gallery, Level 5
    Exhibits and documentaries on “The Black Press” and “The Civil Rights Movement”; historic newspapers that chronicle the abolition movement in the 1830s up to President Barack Obama’s election as America’s first black president.
  • Pulliam Great Books Gallery, Level 5
    “Life and Times of Frederick Douglass,” the 1881 autobiography of the former slave, abolitionist and newspaper editor.
  • Civil Rights Exhibits, Level 4
    “Make Some Noise: Student and the Civil Movement,” which chronicles the new generation of student leaders in the early 1960s who fought segregation by making their voices heard and exercising their First Amendment rights.“1965: Civil Rights at 50,” which tells the dramatic story of the fight for voting rights, which peaked in a violent clash between peaceful protesters and police on a bridge in Selma, Ala., on March 7, now known as “Bloody Sunday.”“Protesting Ferguson,” which explores the wave of protests that swept the nation following the deaths of two unarmed black men in Ferguson, Mo., and New York City at the hands of police officers in 2014.
  • Cox Enterprises First Amendment Gallery, Level 4
    The First Amendment’s role in anti-slavery meetings and civil rights protests.
  • Bloomberg Internet, TV and Radio Gallery, Level 3
    A timeline of live radio and television broadcasts, including Jesse Owens in the 1936 Berlin Olympics and the protests in Ferguson, Mo., in 2014.
  • Pulitzer Prize Photographs Gallery, Level 1
    Pulitzer Prize-winning photography, including Moneta Sleet Jr.’s image of Coretta Scott King at the funeral of her husband, Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968. Sleet, who was a photographer for Ebony magazine, was the first black man to win a Pulitzer.
  • Mezzanine 
    “Blood and Ink: Front Pages From the Civil War,” which features historic newspaper coverage of slavery, the Emancipation Proclamation and the ratification of the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery in the United States.

Contributing sponsorship support for the “Civil Rights at 50″ exhibit has been provided by Walmart and Altria.

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