Historic Images of Black Families: A Discussion of the Ellis Library Exhibition

Cartoon depicts a Black woman standing by a crib with a baby, head turned toward a Black man seated in an armchair, reading a newspaper with the headline "GOP LEADERS, REALTORS, OPPOSED TO FAIR HOUSING LAW." The man is speaking, and his comment is the caption of the cartoon: "NEAR AS I CAN FIGURE, IF YOU'RE BLACK, YOU'RE UNCONSTITUTIONAL."

Joan Stack, PhD, State Historical Society of Missouri, will give a presentation on the images you can see at their Black History Month 2021 exhibit. She will talk about each piece, examining their significance and importance. She will also discuss how SHSMO collects Black History resources and how you can access them.

The engaging exhibit features images of Black families that the State Historical Society has gathered over time. It will be on view in the first floor Colonnade of Ellis Library from February 8 through the end of the Spring 2021 semester.

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Editorial cartoon by Tom Engelhardt, State Historical Society of Missouri, Art Collection.

Thomas Hart Benton, Instruction, lithograph, State Historical Society of Missouri Art Collection.