The traveling exhibition “IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas,” is heading to Rockland Community College in the Suffren, NY, reports LoHud.com. The exhibition was originally organized by the National Museum of the American Indian, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.
The exhibition comes before another big exhibit on the intertwined history of Native and African Americans called Red/Black: Related Through History, which is set to open at the Eitelijorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art on February 12th.
Starting tonight and running through March 9th, “IndiVisible” is a selection of about 20 panels that contain photos and text that highlights the myriad connections between the two communities. The exhibit shines a spotlight on people such as Buck Franklin, an African American who was the sun of a Chickasaw freedman, Mildred Loving, who was of African American and Rappahannock Indian heritage, and was arrested along with her white husband, Richard Loving, in 1958, for violating Virginia’s Racial Integrity Act by being an interracial married couple.
“There is a very close relationship between people of African American and Native American ancestry,” Wylene Branton Wood, president of the Rockland County African American Historical Society who helped bring the exhibition to RCC, told LoHud.com. “But it is a history that is not well known.”
The National Museum of the American Indian sent us a description of the exhibit:
Within the fabric of American identity is woven a story that has long been invisible—the lives and experiences of people who share African American and Native American ancestry. African and Native peoples came together in the Americas. Over centuries, African Americans and Native Americans created shared histories, communities, families, and ways of life. Prejudice, laws, and twists of history have often divided them from others, yet African-Native American people were united in the struggle against slavery and dispossession, and then for self-determination and freedom. For African-Native Americans, their double heritage is truly indivisible.