Look Up, Look Out: Time Travel to the Old 8th Ward

The most recent issue of ShowcaseNow! Magazine features a nice little piece by Lenwood Sloan about the Look Up and Look Out campaign which will tell the stories of the Old Eighth Ward between 1870 and 1920. We expect to launch that officially with posters and webpages in the next couple of weeks.

In the meantime, here is a little taste — from the article by Lenwood Sloan — about our coming exhibits:

Each day, more than 1800 state employees and thousands of their visitors, guests, and collaborators inhabit the 12 buildings of the Commonwealth complex. This summer, the Commonwealth Monument project launches the state interagency “Look Up and Look Out” campaign that seeks to imagine the Old 8th Ward, a primarily African American neighborhood, between the 1870 passage of the 15th amendment, which gave African American men the right to vote, and the 1920 passage of the 19th amendment, which extended the franchise to women. The history of Harrisburg’s African American community began to develop as early as 1838….

Click on the image below to read the rest of the article…

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