“If Objects Could Talk,” offers a glimpse of the Museum’s collection of thousands of objects, documents, and photographs. Each item tells a unique story about African American history, communities, and culture in Iowa. The exhibit demonstrates how history can transform everyday objects into invaluable records for learning about local history, change over time, and Iowa’s diverse communities and people. Immersive elements in this exhibit will be available to deepen visitors’ understanding of the exhibit themes and become active participants in learning. From Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speech in Davenport, IA and Viola Gibson singing “I Shall Not be Moved,” to a typewriter interactive that accompanies Vernon Smith’s actual typewriter, patrons will be engaged from beginning to end.
Open August 26, 2017 through July 29, 2018.