Foundation sponsors new Jackson Center exhibit

JAMESTOWN – The Robert H. Jackson Center is pleased to announce the recent opening of its new exhibit, Civil Rights: Making the Movement. The exhibit was developed in collaboration with David L. Crane, curator and owner of many of the objects in the exhibit. Crane is currently authoring a book entitled: “Making the Movement: Objects, Objectives, and Civil Rights, 1909-1976.”

Making the Movement explores the impact of material culture on the Civil Rights Movement. The objects in the collection – buttons, badges, pinbacks, posters, pamphlets, flyers, and mailers – helped the Movement achieve its objectives of ending Jim Crow segregation and disfranchisement. Civil rights organizations and activists employed these items to help forge a national movement, increase public awareness, recruit new members, raise funds, and press for legislation. They became powerful symbols of one’s support for the Movement.

“Robert H. Jackson was a lifelong champion of equality and civil liberties, ideals that are central to the Center’s mission,” related Jennifer Champ, Consultant for Exhibits and Archives at the Robert H. Jackson Center. “One of the final Supreme Court Cases in which Justice Jackson participated was Brown v. Board of Education, leaving his hospital bed to join the other Justices on the bench when the decision was announced.”

A portion of the exhibit that has proven very popular with visitors to the Center features photos and poems created by Jamestown High School ESL students. The students’ work was inspired by the book, “Freedom’s Children: Young Civil Rights Activists Tell Their Own Stories,” by Ellen S. Levine. Their photos and poems reflect what they learned about the Civil Rights movement, and communicate in a unique way their own personal experiences.

The exhibition was generously underwritten by a grant from the Edwin L. Danielson Community Service Fund at the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. The Chautauqua Region Community Foundation is a nonprofit, community corporation created by and for the people of Chautauqua County to support worthwhile community projects that help make a difference and improve quality of life in the greater Chautauqua Region.

The Robert H. Jackson Center’s mission is to advance the legacy of Robert H. Jackson through education and exhibits, and by pursuing the relevance of his ideas now and for future generations. The exhibit may be viewed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Center, which is located at 305 E. Fourth St., Jamestown.

For additional information, contact the Robert H. Jackson Center at 483-6646.