Seeing Alice Dunbar-Nelson with 2020 Vision: (Re)interpreting a Civil Rights Activist During an Election Year | Virtual Behind the Bookcase tour

Date / Time

  • July 3, 2020
    12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


2008-2010 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103, United States

Civil rights activist, journalist, novelist, educator, and short story writer Alice Dunbar-Nelson (1875-1935) will form the focus of The Rosenbach’s fall, 2020 online exhibition “I Am an American!”: The Authorship and Activism of Alice Dunbar-Nelson.  Join the exhibition’s co-curators Monet Timmons and Jesse Erickson, as well as Rosenbach staff, for a behind-the-scenes sneak peek into the exhibition development process.  The curators will discuss the process of interpreting Dunbar-Nelson’s civil rights work during the centenary year of women’s suffrage and the modern resonances of Dunbar-Nelson’s struggles with discrimination during her lifetime.  The curators will also discuss the process of assembling the exhibition checklist and working with community advisers to interpret Dunbar-Nelson’s work for today’s audiences.  What does the civic legacy of Alice Dunbar-Nelson mean during a consequential election year?  What would Alice Dunbar-Nelson make of the power of African Americans in the U.S. electorate today?  Join this virtual gallery talk as we explore these and other questions.



Image credit: Portrait of Alice Dunbar-Nelson, ca. 1930.  Courtesy of University of Delaware Library, Museums, and Press, Special Collections & Museums.

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