The “Racist Commercial Art of the Early 20th Century” exhibit in Meyer Library shows some of the negative ways advertising depicted African Americans in the early 20th century. While this exhibit may be objectionable and disturbing to modern visitors, it is hoped that viewing the materials will lead to discussion of the racism of yesterday, as well as an awareness of how such imagery has affected perceptions of African Americans even up to today.
The materials are on loan from Harold McPherson, who collected the objects to use as educational tools.
The exhibit is on display in Meyer Library, Rm. 107, through Thursday, May 4.