GR Public Museum reveals new exhibit: ‘Changing America’

Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A new exhibit opening at the Grand Rapids Public Museum reflects on how the Emancipation Proclamation and March on Washington has impacted West Michigan.

“Changing America” comes to the Grand Rapids Public Museum from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Museum of American History.

“But we, with everything we do at the public museum, are putting a local twist on it. So, we are working with the Grand Rapids African American Museum and Archives to bring in artifacts from their museum that we will have on display, as well as reaching out to local leaders throughout Grand Rapids to have oral history shared,” Kate Kocienski with the GRPM.

The exhibit focuses on The Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 and the March on Washington 100 years later. Kocienski says its meant to spur discussion about how both movements have affected what’s happening in West Michigan today.

Access to “Changing America” is included with general admission. The exhibit will be on display through October.

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