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Passion and Purpose

Voices of Maryland's Civil Rights Activists–Opening May 20, 2022

From tearing down the notion of “separate but equal” in the 1930s and ’40s to the national headline-making protests of the 1960s and through today, Marylanders were and are at the forefront of the Black freedom struggle. The lived experiences of these activists make up the complex mosaic of the long and continuing fight for civil rights in Maryland and across the nation. In this exhibition, historic moments in the ongoing civil rights movement are told through the words and voices of those who lived it. Here, oral histories and photography connect past to present and provide personal perspectives into historic moments.

Thurgood Marshall, Nathaniel Kato Gibbs (1948-2018), oil on canvas, 1993. Maryland Center for History and Culture, 2021.48.1

Support for this exhibition is generously provided by Maryland Heritage Area Authority, PNC Bank, Helen Clay Frick Foundation, Sarah and Stan Klinefelter, Baltimore National Heritage Area, Gallagher Evelius & Jones LLP, Royal Farms, Maryland Humanities, Miles & Stockbridge.

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