From Negro Pasts to Afro-Futures: Black Creative Re-Imaginings

May 24, 2019 – October 18, 2019

The emergence of Afro-futurism as a relatively new construct in Africana Studies and Black History allows the Library Company of Philadelphia to pay homage to a black past and show how black historical artists envisioned a glorious black future. By displaying fragments of early Black Americans’ past from their drawings, love letters, poems, songs, speeches, and protests, this exhibition will help visitors grapple with the place of black creative genius in the quest for a people’s liberation.

Curated by:

Jermaine Dennis, Kimani Magloire, Tamara Potts-Covan, Julian González,  and Carolina Acosta

Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens, Director of the Program in African American History.

Jasmine Smith, African Americana Specialist and Reference Librarian

This exhibition is supported by the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts, The National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Pennsylvania Abolition Society Endowment Fund of the Philadelphia Foundation.

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Exhibition Opening Event

African Americana Collection