Telling a People’s Story

Telling A People’s Story is the first major museum exhibition devoted to art found within the pages of African-American children’s picture books. View it now at our Newport Branch.

Telling a People’s Story

We are proud to host Telling a People’s Story at our Newport Branch until Dec. 3. The traveling exhibition presents African-American children’s literature featuring art produced for book illustrations. The exhibition emphasizes the strength of the illustrations as visual narrative representations of the African-American experience through a lens intended for children and young readers.

More than 600 books and 14,000 illustrations were reviewed during the development of the exhibition in search of a strong representation of events and milestones in African-American history. Themes and time periods include:

  • African Origins
  • The Middle Passage
  • Slavery
  • Emancipation
  • Reconstruction
  • Harlem Renaissance
  • Segregation
  • The Civil Rights Movement

Other themes draw attention to historical figures in politics, music, sports, arts and entertainment.

The exhibit is organized by Miami University Art Museum through a grant from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation.

Featured Books

Many of the books featured in the exhibition are available in our catalog. Click on the covers below to view the list.

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