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backstory50: Juneteenth

All this year these backstory messages have focused on the celebration of the Museum’s 50th anniversary, focusing on today through the lens of the past. 

Researching and revealing our histories is one of the most important things that we do, in the academy and in the academic museum. Today, I want to take a moment away from telling the Museum’s history to honor a different past as marked by Juneteenth, the very definition of the importance of knowing our histories and relying on them to inform our present.  

Tell your stories. Say them out loud to others. Evils of the past are prone to repeat if forgotten.

Tracy Fitzpatrick
Director, Neuberger Museum of Art


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Watch for a new backstory every Wednesday and follow us on social media as we share stories about the Museum’s history, our evolution to the present day, and look ahead to our exciting future. Stay up-to-date with the latest news and “NEU 50 Years” updates on our anniversary webpage.