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Groovesect Labor Day…

Sep 1 - 1, 2014
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Irvin Mayfield's Jazz…

Sep 1 - 8, 2014
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Mark of the Feminine

Sep 1 - Oct 4, 2014
Curator Regine Basha's Mark of the Feminine is the first in a series of… more

Preservation Jazz…

Sep 1 - 1, 2014
Live New Orleans Jazz nightly! more

Southern Decadence…

Sep 1 - 1, 2014
Southern Decadence started forty one years ago as a simple going-away… more

Hidden Treasures:…

Sep 2 - 2, 2014
Join Friends of the Cabildo as the Louisiana State Museum's impressive… more

Irvin Mayfield's Jazz…

Sep 2 - 2, 2014
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Kinder Garden:…

Sep 2 - 30, 2014
Play, learn and grow in this hands-on introduction to the world of gardens for… more

Kinder Garden:…

Sep 2 - 30, 2014
Play, learn and grow in this hands-on introduction to the world of gardens for… more

Maple Leaf Bar…

Sep 2 - 30, 2014
Join us for live entertainment featuring the Grammy Award winning ReBirth Brass… more

Standing in the…

Sep 2 - Nov 25, 2014
"Standing in the Shadows (No More)" is a series of narrative quilting… more

Funk Monkey featuring…

Sep 3 - 24, 2014
Join us for Funk Monkey featuring members of Bonerama. more

Grammy Award-winning…

Sep 3 - 24, 2014
Join us at The Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel for… more

Irvin Mayfield's Jazz…

Sep 3 - 24, 2014
Join us at The Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel for… more

Lunchbox Lecture -…

Sep 3 - 3, 2014
History remembers the American, British and Polish Paratroopers who jumped into… more

The Royal Sonesta's…

Sep 3 - 3, 2014
The Royal Sonesta New Orleans presents the September Round Table Luncheon… more

We Live to Eat Kick…

Sep 3 - 3, 2014
For the first time, this event is open-to-the-public and attendees will be able… more

White Glove Wednesdays

Sep 3 - 3, 2014
It's one thing to read on an exhibit label that an infantryman's pack in World… more

Irvin Mayfield's Jazz…

Sep 4 - 25, 2014
Join us at The Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel for… more

Irvin Mayfield's Jazz…

Sep 4 - 25, 2014
Join us at The Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel for… more

Groovesect Labor Day…

Sep 1 - 1, 2014
Join us for the  Groovesect Labor Day Cookout! more

Major Exhibition on Race Opens June 4 at Old U.S. Mint

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contacts:
Arthur Smith
Louisiana State Museum 
504.568.6945
asmith@crt.la.gov

Jacques Berry
Office of the Lieutenant Governor
225.342.8607
jberry@crt.la.gov

Major Exhibition on Race Opens June 4 at Old U.S. Mint

NEW ORLEANS-May 11, 2011-The Louisiana Civil Rights Museum is presenting Race: Are we so different?, a traveling exhibit on the history, science and everyday experience of race. The exhibit is opening June 4 at the Old U.S. Mint in New Orleans.

Race provides a powerful educational experience for visitors of all ages and backgrounds while encouraging constructive community dialogue about race,” Brenda Williams, interim advisory board chairwoman of the Louisiana Civil Rights Museum, said. “We are pleased to bring this exhibition to Louisiana as part of our mission to heal, educate, celebrate and engage for social justice.”

Using historic and contemporary photography, multimedia and interactive displays, Race explores issues of race and racism from three broad perspectives:

  • Scientific—Visitors will find surprising answers to the question: “Are we so different?” In fact, human beings are more alike genetically than any other species.
  • Historical—Exhibit traces how events, economics, politics and popular culture affect changing perceptions of race.
  • Everyday experience—Interactive displays promote thinking about how we see ourselves and how we see others through the experience of race.

“This show has drawn large audiences at every museum on the national tour. It challenges accepted views about race with research from anthropology and other sciences, and it engages visitors with vibrant exhibit design,” Turry Flucker, Louisiana Civil Rights Museum project director, said.

Race: Are We So Different? is a project of the American Anthropological Association funded by the Ford Foundation and the National Science Foundation. The exhibition has been on national tour since 2007.

The Louisiana Civil Rights Museum was created in 1999 as part of the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism. Race is co-sponsored by the Louisiana State Museum, Louisiana Commission on Human Rights, Louisiana Museum Foundation, the Friends of the Cabildo, YWCA of New Orleans and Fox 8 WVUE-TV.

Race is free to tour and will be open Tuesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from June 4 until Sept. 25. The Old U.S. Mint, located at 400 Esplanade Ave., is wheelchair accessible.

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