Special exhibit at Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site

A special exhibit highlighting national and local Black civil activists during President Benjamin Harrison’s term in office (1889 to 1893) will be on display at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, 1230 North Delaware Street, Indianapolis.

The exhibit, No Compact of Silence, opening January 27, will focus on Black Civil Rights Advocates in the Harrison era. 

In 1888, Whitelaw Reid, who was Benjamin Harrison’s running mate for the upcoming presidential election, asked Harrison about his thoughts on black voting rights and the unrest and active suppression in the Southern States. Harrison replied, “I would not be willing myself to purchase the Presidency for a compact of silence upon this question.” 

It explores the complex dynamics of race in late 19th century America, including the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893 in Chicago, anti-lynching laws and movements, and black voting suppression. Prominent individuals who will be featured include Frederick Douglass, Ida B. Wells, William D. McCoy, Dolly Johnson and many more local and national advocates.  

An opening reception will be held Thursday, January 27th. The exhibit will be open to the public and included with general admission from January 28 through November 1, 2022. 

Find out more at www.PresidentBenjaminHarrison.org

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