Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963

December 11, 2015 to January 29, 2016

The Central Library is one of only 50 sites across the United States to host this notable traveling exhibition that explores through images the historical context of the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation and the 1963 March on Washington. The traveling exhibition is sponsored by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Museum of American History, in collaboration with the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Los Angeles Public Library has supplemented the exhibit with images from its Shades of L.A. and Rolland Curtis Collections, capturing a peek at the everyday lives of African American communities in the first half of the 20th century, after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation and leading up to the March on Washington.

The exhibit and related programs are free.