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ABOVE PHOTO:¬† Alan Page, NFL Hall of Famer and retired Minnesota Supreme Court justice, stands in Minneapolis. by a photo of atramentous babies labeled ‚ÄúAlligator Bait.‚ÄĚ It is amidst the artifacts of bullwork and allegory calm by Page and his wife, Diane Sims Page. They went on affectation at the Minneapolis Central Library this ages in time for Super Bowl visitors and bags of added bodies accepted to army to city for the festivities. (AP Photo/Steve Karnowski)
By Steve Karnowski
MINNEAPOLIS‚ÄďAn adamant collar that kept disciplinarian in bondage. A branding adamant that apparent animal beings as someone‚Äôs property. A photograph of Atramentous babies captioned as ‚Äúalligator bait.‚Äô‚Äô A accomplished ceramics bowl with gold book that says, ‚ÄúKKK ‚ÄėGod Give Us Men.‚Äô‚Äô‚Äô
They‚Äôre amidst the artifacts of bullwork and allegory calm by NFL Hall of Famer and retired Minnesota Supreme Court Amends Alan Page and his wife, Diane Sims Page. They went on affectation this ages in time for Super Bowl visitors and the bags of added bodies accepted to army to city Minneapolis for the festivities. The exhibit, ‚ÄúTESTIFY: Americana from Bullwork to Today,‚Äô‚Äô ran through Feb. 6 at the Minneapolis Central Library.
While a assurance at the access warns that some items central ability be disturbing, there are additionally letters of achievement and promise. There‚Äôs a banderole that was captivated by a mourner in 1865, aback a burial alternation took President Abraham Lincoln‚Äôs anatomy home to Illinois. The banderole reads, ‚ÄúOur Country Shall Be One Country!‚Äô‚Äô Page said it confused him to tears aback he aboriginal saw it.
‚ÄúFor me it transports me aback to that time and that place,‚Äô‚Äô Alan Page said.
Signs that already activated allegory in the South adhere from a bank bottomward the centermost of the gallery. They appointed restrooms as ‚Äúwhite‚Äô‚Äô or ‚Äúcolored,‚Äô‚Äô and apparent the ‚Äúcolored cat-and-mouse room‚Äô‚Äô at alternation and bus stations. Aloof above from it is an accumulation of active pictures by Atramentous artists, assuming how African-Americans reclaimed ascendancy over their own narrative. Diane Page said the adverse amidst the ‚Äúoppressive and expressive‚Äô‚Äô is deliberate.
Alan Page, a feared affiliate of the Vikings‚Äô Purple Bodies Eaters arresting band in the 1970s, played in all four of their Super Bowl appearances. He‚Äôs one of alone two arresting players anytime voted the NFL MVP. He additionally became the aboriginal Atramentous amends on the Minnesota Supreme Court, confined 22 years until he hit the binding retirement age of 70 in 2015.
The Pages timed the affectation to accompany with the Super Bowl on Feb. 4 in Minneapolis, but he acclaimed that it additionally comes ‚Äúat this time aback White supremacy is adopting its animal head‚Äô‚Äô in means that he anticipation he would never see again.
‚ÄúWe achievement the affectation will claiming bodies by seeing what took abode in the past, and claiming them in means that will account them to anticipate about demography action, not alone to anticipate them from accident again, but to end the furnishings of that past, the furnishings that still amble today,‚Äô‚Äô he said.
It‚Äôs one affair to see a account of an antiquity from that era; it‚Äôs addition to absolutely angle in advanced of it, said Lois Langer Thompson, administrator of the Hennepin County Library system. She said the library‚Äôs breadth on the Nicollet Mall banal zone, the armpit of a 10-day fan anniversary with chargeless concerts and added attractions, accomplish it acceptable for visitors to stop by and see the exhibit¬† and balmy up.
Diane Page started the accumulating about 30 years ago afterwards a acquaintance acicular out that missing amidst the glassy adornment and a brace of Andy Warhols on the walls of their home were any pieces of African-American art or cultural items to brainwash the four Page accouchement about their heritage. Eventually, the brace would appointment aged food and assignment with dealers to ample their home, and his Supreme Court chambers, with artifacts from bullwork and the Jim Crow era.
‚ÄúThese items represent facts,‚Äô‚Äô he said. ‚ÄúNot somebody‚Äôs assessment about what happened. Not somebody‚Äôs appearance about what did or didn‚Äôt occur, but absolute facts. ‚Ä¶ They advice me accept breadth we are today. The disparities in education, our bent amends system. For me, the bulletin I get is that we haven‚Äôt appear to grips with the bigotry that comes, that came with those facts. We haven‚Äôt addressed the present furnishings of that accomplished history, the present furnishings of that accomplished discrimination.‚Äô‚Äô
Daughter Georgi Page-Smith took the advance in accumulating the added than 100 items on affectation in the exhibit, which includes a ‚Äútestification station,‚Äô‚Äô fabricated from her father‚Äôs actor board from his chambers, breadth visitors are arrive to address their impressions in a leather-bound book.
‚ÄúWe knew it would be actual emotional,‚Äô‚Äô she said. ‚ÄúSo we capital to actualize an breadth area bodies could aloof stop for a minute, and do a little processing, and again reflect aback to us.‚Äô‚Äô
As allotment of the exhibit, Alan Page will gave a allocution aftermost Wednesday alleged ‚ÄúTESTIFY: It‚Äôs Not About the Banderole or the Anthem, It‚Äôs About Justice.‚Äô‚Äô He said the altercation over players admiration during the civic canticle misses the point.
‚ÄúThat agitation about the canticle and the banderole is the reddest of red herrings. The point is that we accept injustice. And the catechism is: what are we activity to do about that? Protesting draws absorption to that injustice, but it‚Äôs a tactic. It‚Äôs not a affairs to end injustice. And so one of the things I additionally achievement to do is animate those who would be absorbed to beef to booty the abutting step, and booty some accurate accomplishments above alone cartoon absorption to the problem, and actuality complex in accomplish to annihilate it.‚Äô‚Äô