Letter to the editor: Museum pieces

To the editor:

I recently purchased three “Black Americana” figures at a local antique store for the specific purpose of donating to a History/American Studies professor or museum curator. All three are racist depictions of African American stereotypes, complete with dark black skin (Two of the items depict a “happy couple” as cooks while the third is a “Mammy” character.)

While the store has the legal right to sell these items, just as an individual customer has the right to buy them, I firmly believe they belong in an educational setting like a museum or research space. It is important to remember our history, good and bad, but certain items like these should be put in context.

Conor Taft,



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