The traveling exhibit, “Davenport’s Civil Rights Movement: 1945-1974,” opens on October 6 at the Davenport Public Library, 321 Main Street. The exhibit will be on display through November 15.
The exhibit is the result of nearly three years of work by the Davenport Civil Rights History Committee, comprised of the Davenport Civil Rights Commission, St. Ambrose University, and the Putnam Museum. With the help of St. Ambrose University students, the committee conducted interviews and gathered archival materials such as photos, films, letters, audiotapes, key documents and historic artifacts, “to create an archive of materials for future generations,” according to Dr. Arthur Pitz, committee chair and St. Ambrose University scholar in residence.
Research materials, photographs and documents have been incorporated into this traveling display, which puts local people and events into the context of the national civil rights movement.
In addition to the display, on November 9, Dr. Pitz will present “A Compelling Story: Davenport’s Civil Rights History from 1945-1974,” at 2:30 p.m., at Davenport Public Library, 321 Main Street. Following his presentation, Scott Community College instructor, Craig Klein, will present “Davenport’s Early Black Community, 1850-1920.” Both presentations are free and open to the public.
This project has been supported and funded by the Davenport Civil Rights Commission, St. Ambrose University and the Putnam Museum, with some funding provided by Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of Humanities Iowa or the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information, contact the Putnam Museum at 563-324-1054.