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Feb25
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Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions

Dark Testament: A Century of Black Writers on Justice


This immersive exhibit, extended through May 6, 2024, explores racial injustice in America through the work of Black American writers from the end of the Civil War through the Civil Rights Movement. Dark Testament explores signal movements in Black literature across these decades through original artwork, augmented reality and other interactive elements to enliven and enrich the visitor experience.

Spanning three gallery spaces at the American Writers Museum, as well as online exhibit extensions, Dark Testament is the AWM’s most ambitious exhibit to date. Dark Testament includes deep dives into the work of prominent writers such as Frederick Douglass, Ida B. Wells, Maya Angelou, James Baldwin and more, as well as lesser-known writers like Pauli Murray, whose poetry collection titled Dark Testament inspired the name of the exhibit. Their life and work exemplify the impact Black writers have had from the Civil War through the Civil Rights Era. Murray faced violence, struggled with belonging, fought tirelessly for justice, and preached about joy. In the exhibit, these four profound themes weave throughout the centuries, connecting generations of writers. 

Tickets to the museum are $14 for adults, $9 for seniors, students, and teachers. Free for members and children ages 12 and under. Museum hours are Thursday—Monday, 10 AM—5 PM.


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