Understanding how change happens—how it happened in the past and how to enact change today—can be difficult. The Trail They Blazed attempts to clarify the process of making change by breaking down historical examples from the New Orleans Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s–70s, and, in so doing, creates a better understanding of the past. This framework will use questions to interrogate historic events, such as:
By asking and answering these questions, the exhibition will encourage visitors to think critically about how change happens and provide examples from this era to help create a roadmap for future activism.
The Trail They Blazed features over fifty quotes and sound bites from participants in the local Civil Rights Movement, allowing visitors to hear and read these stories straight from the people who lived them. These accounts are illustrated with photographs and images documenting the history of the movement.
The exhibition highlights stories of boycotts, public school desegregation, the Congress of Racial Equality, the 1963 March on City Hall, the many people who supported the movement, voter registration and education efforts, and activism in the Desire neighborhood.
The TEP Center
September 10–November 12, 2023
5909 St. Claude Avenue
New Orleans, LA
Contact Matt Farah, Exhibition Coordinator, The Historic New Orleans Collection, at 504-598-7103 or firstname.lastname@example.org