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Trio of Civil Rights exhibits now on display at the Holocaust Center


A Place for All People exhibit, on loan from the Mennello Museum of American Art.

This summer, the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida is inviting visitors to join them in a conversation about the local, national, and international struggle for civil rights in the United States. This is a unique opportunity for visitors to learn about this history while inspiring them to take action in their own communities.  

Terrance Hunter, the program coordinator for the Holocaust Center, sees these exhibits as a unique opportunity to reflect on this history. "The work of breaking barriers should be the work of all," he said. "These exhibits offer a comprehensive look at a group of remarkable individuals who took risks, broke barriers, and laid the groundwork that we are building upon today." 

"Embracing the Dream," curated in partnership with the Wells'Built Museum of African American History and Culture, features local leaders such as Mayors Bob Carr and Carl Langford, Jerome Bornstein, and Wolf Kahn alongside civil rights pioneers like Harry T. Moore and Rufus Brooks. It uncovers the partnership between the African American and Jewish communities in their fight for a more inclusive future for Central Florida. 

The Holocaust Center will also display "A Place for All People," which celebrates the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Shirley Chisholm and Ira Aldridge, among other major political and cultural figures, take center stage in the poster exhibition. Through their stories, visitors may witness how these individuals reshaped and rewrote American history. The exhibit, on loan from the Mennello Museum of American Art, is a survey of the African American community's powerful, deep and lasting contributions to the American story. 

Further broadening the narrative is "The Tuskegee Airmen: The Segregated Skies of WWII," on loan from Kennesaw State University. The exhibit highlights the heroism of the first African American pilots to fly in the United States military. Sergeant Richard Hall, one of the Tuskegee Airmen, will be present at the Holocaust Center on July 23 at 2pm for a screening of Red Tails and a post-film question and answer session. 

Sgt. Richard Hall's likeness can be found outside the Hannibal Square Heritage Center. Here he is next to the commemorative statue.

Visitors are also invited to participate in the Holocaust Center's "dream wall," where they may share their dream for the future. The exhibits and the dream wall will be on display from July 3 – Sept. 8. The Holocaust Center is open Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., and Sunday from 1p.m.-4 p.m. Visitors may schedule group tours by calling 407-628-0555. 

These exhibits and programs are sponsored in part by the Orange County government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs program, United Arts of Central Florida, home of OrlandoAtPlay.com and UAArtsEd.com, the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. This project is also made possible by a grant from Duke Energy through United Arts of Central Florida.  

To learn more about the Holocaust Center's mission to create a more just and caring community, visit holocaustedu.org.


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