In 1900, W.E.B. Du Bois led exhibit promoting African-American progress

In 1900, W.E.B. Du Bois led exhibit promoting African-American progress

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Women sit on steps at Atlanta University in Georgia.

Image: Library of Congress

At the turn of the 20th century, African-American lawyer Thomas Calloway had an idea for an exhibit for the upcoming 1900 World’s Fair in Paris

Writing to over a hundred prominent black Americans, Calloway laid out his vision for a multimedia presentation which would paint a picture of African-American society nearly four decades after the end of slavery

His proposal was heard by Booker T. Washington, who brought it to President William McKinley. With just four months to go before the start of the World’s Fair, Calloway was given Congressional approval and $15,000 to execute the exhibit Read more…

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In 1900, W.E.B. Du Bois led exhibit promoting African-American progress