Don't Miss: the A Right to Establish A Home exhibit at the Goldstein Museum
In their capacities at the University of Minnesota, PVN's Greg Donofrio and Laurel Fritz collaborated with the Field Regina Northrup Neighborhood Group and the staff of the Goldstein Museum of Design to develop the exhibit A Right to Establish A Home.
A Right to Establish a Home examines the history behind a series of menacing protests that enveloped 4600 Columbus Avenue South, Minneapolis following the property’s purchase in August 1931 by Arthur and Edith Lee. The young African-American couple chose to buy a house in what many then considered a “white neighborhood.” The exhibition interprets the protests and responses in the broader context of race and housing in Minneapolis, racism in Minnesota, and the individuals and organizations that defended the Lees, including the NAACP and the distinguished attorney Lena Olive Smith.
On July 24, 2014, an article by reporter Steve Brandt discussing the history of the house as well as recent efforts to preserve it, was featured on the front page of the Star Tribune. The article is available here. The exhibit and press coverage follow the recent listing of the Arthur and Edith Lee house in the National Register of Historic Places (the nomination is available here).
A Right to Establish A Home is on display at the Goldstein Museum of Design's HGA Gallery in Rapson Hall on the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus. Directions to the gallery are available here. The exhibit runs from August 23, 2014-January 4, 2015, with an opening reception on Friday, August 22, 2014 from 6-8pm.