The Exhibit of American Negroes

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This digital archive/exhibit is an attempt at an historical reconstruction. It tries as much as possible, within the limitations of the documents that have survived, to recreate and interpret The Exhibit of American Negroes at the 1900 Paris World’s Fair—an exhibit that was on display for a few brief months at the dawn of the twentieth century. The reconstruction attempted here is by definition imperfect. Although the great majority of the material from the exhibit survives, important parts were lost—particularly the physical artifacts of the exhibit.

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