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GI-278241-21

Children's Museum of Indianapolis, Inc. (Indianapolis, IN 46206-3000)
Jennifer Pace-Robinson (Project Director: September 2020 to present)
Emmett Till's Journey Home: A Story of Racism that Shocked a Nation

Implementation of a traveling exhibition on Emmett Till, whose lynching at the age of 14 in 1955 was a major turning point in the civil rights movement.

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis (Museum), together with the Emmett Till Interpretive Center (ETIC), requests a grant of $400,000 from the NEH to create the traveling exhibition, "Emmett Till’s Journey Home: A Story of Racism that Shocked a Nation" (tentative title) in partnership with the Till family and notable Till scholars. Featuring a vandalized Emmett Till historical marker that represents the ongoing challenges of racism in the United States, the traveling exhibition will tell the story of 14-year-old Emmett Till and his racially motivated 1955 murder, which sparked the civil rights movement and inspired a generation of young activists. By focusing on the story of one child, Emmett, the exhibition will make the difficult topic of the nation’s long history of racism accessible for family audiences, fostering dialogue and, as a result, inspiring families to take action to address modern-day racism in their own communities.

Project fields:
African American History; African American Studies

Program:
Exhibitions: Implementation

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$400,000 (approved)
$400,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2021 – 4/30/2023