15th Anniversary Web Exhibit

May 5, 2021

BMRC Web exhibit SCRC page

In 2021, the BMRC celebrates its 15th anniversary! This exhibit documents the origins of the BMRC, its efforts to aid discoverability and access to Black historical collections, and the consortium’s flagship Summer Short-term Fellowship and Archie Motley Archival Internship programs.

The exhibition, curated by BMRC Executive Director, Marcia Walker-McWilliams was set to unveil as a physical exhibition open to the public. However, due to Covid-19 precautions, we are only able to offer a web exhibit at this time. Special thanks to exhibition designer, Chelsea Kauffman of the Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) at the University of Chicago and to Dan Meyer and Patti Gibbons of SCRC for their contributions.

We wish to acknowledge all of the BMRC member institutions, especially the following for loaning objects for this exhibit: University of Chicago, Chicago Public Library, Roosevelt University, Columbia College Chicago, Shorefront Legacy Center, Chicago History Museum and the Newberry Library. Over the years, many individuals have contributed to the success and growth of the Black Metropolis Research Consortium and we wish to thank our founders, current and former staff, Board members, committee members, advisors, fellows, interns, volunteers, funding partners and other supporters.

To access the web exhibit, click HERE.

To read more about the exhibit and other BMRC activities, check out the January 2021 issue of our biannual newsletter, the BMRC NEWS.

The exhibit has been covered in the Hyde Park Herald.