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Artifacts of Activism, Resistance, and Life in Delaware
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Ray Charles at Rosedale Beach
Segregation in Delaware extended to beaches and resorts.
David M'Closkey Trading Card
Highlights the appropriation of Asian imagery and transformation into stereotypical elements for commercial and racist purposes in Delaware.
Chinese Workers at Dravo Corporation
Provides insight into the employment opportunities and workplace hierarchies Chinese Americans faced during World War II.
Brenda B. Mosely African American Doll Collection
Some toys and dolls perpetuate racist imagery, but others genuinely expand representation or reflect the racial identity of their owners.
"Miss Nagano" Japanese Friendship Doll
Highlights histories of peace and goodwill offerings through the cultural exchange of dolls.
Black Americans of Achievement, "The Game"
A family-friendly game produced in celebration of Black achievement.
1951 African Methodist Episcopalian Conference
Documenting religious and spiritual life of African American communities.
First Naturalized Hispanic Settlers of Delaware
This items addresses the early presence of Hispanic people in Delaware as well as the challenges they encountered upon arrival
Jints and her enslaver´s baby Hannah E. Stockley
Enslaved people were often the primary caretakers of their enslavers' children. This is the only known photograph of an enslaved person in Delaware.
Ku Klux Klan rally
This item highlights the continued practice of violent white supremacism in the U.S.
SCLC Poor People's Campaign
Civil Rights organizations like the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) paved the way for African American activism and community engagement.
David Clyde Driskell, the artist of this work, was a leading authority on African American Art and helped establish it as a distinct field of study.
Children exiting newly integrated school
This image sparks discussion about the desegregation and integration of public schools, specifically in Southern Delaware.
Sculpture of a Human Head with Headdress
This item highlights the appropriation of Native American imagery and transformation into stereotypical elements for commercial and racist purposes in Delaware.
Avon advertisement marketed for Black customers.
Kickapoo Indian Medicine Company
Touring shows such as these spread racist stereotypes of American Indians, portraying them as purer and simpler people than Euro-Americans.
This item highlights longstanding ignorance of the injustice of racism in the United States.
Ku Klux Klan Klonvocation Badge
This item highlights the way white supremacists deceptively claim to be patriotic.
Lenape (Delaware) "Penn" wampum belt
Wampum belts can offer insight into Native American customs of diplomacy, trade, and spirituality, both between tribes and between Indigenous communities and White people.
Native Americans Meeting
Depictions of Native American life by Euro-Americans often incorporate their biases and stereotypes as much as, or more than, accurate details.
Objects, such as this flute, made by and for the Lenape are important for understanding their culture, history, and customs of Indigenous people.
African American Participation During World War I
Centering African American contributions in WWI, which are too often overlooked because of the early 20th century's racist military rules.
Final statement and pay voucher for Abraham Hill, 10th Cavalry
Knowing about employment opportunities available to African Americans is important in understanding every day and work life.
The Teacher—John Dowell
Teaching has long been a valued profession in African American communities, even as the job can convey less status in Euro-American society.
Collection of Works by African American Artists
This collection highlights the work of African American artists.
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