Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow


Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow explores the struggle for full citizenship and racial equality that unfolded in the 50 years after the Civil War. When slavery ended in 1865, a period of Reconstruction began, leading to such achievements as the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the Constitution. By 1868, all persons born in the United States were citizens and equal under the law. But efforts to create an interracial democracy were contested from the start. A harsh backlash ensued, ushering in a half century of the “separate but equal” age of Jim Crow.

Originally opening at the New-York Historical Society to mark the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment, the exhibition is organized chronologically from the end of the Civil War to the end of World War I and highlights the central role played by African Americans in advocating for their rights. It also examines the depth and breadth of opposition to black advancement. Art, artifacts, photographs, and media will help visitors explore these transformative decades in American history, and understand their continuing relevance today. Curated by Marci Reaven, vice president of history exhibitions, and Lily Wong, assistant curator.

For more information, please email travelingexhibitions@nyhistory.org

Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow is also available as a poster exhibition. Interested venues are sent the digital files free of charge (eight 40" x 30" posters) and then decide how to print and where to mount them. For more information, please contact historyexhibits@nyhistory.org

Lead support for the exhibition provided by National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor. Major support provided by the Ford Foundation and Crystal McCrary and Raymond J. McGuire.


Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in these programs do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Tour Schedule

For bookings information, please email travelingexhibitions@nyhistory.org

Venue Dates
Connecticut Historical Society March 27, 2019 – September 14, 2019
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute October 18, 2019 – December 31, 2019
Atlanta History Center January 18, 2020 – February 28, 2021
Bullock Texas State History Museum June 19, 2021 – November 28, 2021

Creative: Tronvig Group