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Traveling Exhibition Program

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The Schomburg Center’s traveling exhibitions program offers gallery exhibitions to museums, libraries, cultural spaces, and other organizations interested in presenting programs on the histories and cultures of people of African descent. Schomburg Center travelling exhibitions have reached audiences throughout the world, travelling to dozens of institutions in Africa, Europe, Asia, and North America. Bring the best of the Schomburg Center to your community. To book an exhibition, email schomburgexhibitions@nypl.org.

Current exhibitions available for travel include:

A negro family just arrived in Chicago from the rural southIn Motion: The African-American Migration Experience

African-Americans, perhaps more than any other population in the Americas, have been shaped by migrations. Their culture and history are the products of black peoples’ various movements, coerced and voluntary, that started in the Western Hemisphere 500 years ago. Everywhere their thirst for freedom, education, and opportunities brought them, African Americans have recreated themselves and transformed the land, the cities, the culture, and ultimately the nation. In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience examines how African Americans, constantly in motion, have formed and transformed themselves and their landscape through migration.

This exhibition includes 28 full-color framed panels with image reproductions, maps, and text. An online exhibition, In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience, is also available as an educational companion to the show.

Africans in IndiaAfricans in India: From Slaves to Generals and Rulers

Over the centuries, East Africans have greatly distinguished themselves in India as generals, commanders, admirals, architects, prime ministers, and rulers. They have written a story unparalleled in the rest of the world: that of enslaved Africans attaining the pinnacle of military and political authority. Known as Habshis (Abyssinians) and Sidis, they have left an impressive historical and architectural legacy that attest to their determination, skills, and intellectual, cultural, military and political savvy. This exhibition, the first of its kind, retraces—in over 100 photographic reproductions of paintings and contemporary photographs—the lives and achievements of a few of the many talented and prominent Sidis of yesterday.

This exhibition includes 35 full-color framed panels with image reproductions, maps, and text. An online exhibition, The African Diaspora in the Indian Ocean World, is also available as an educational companion to this show.