Library of Congress’ Civil Rights, Bay Psalm Exhibits About to Close
Two high-profile exhibits at the Library of Congress will close Jan. 2, giving those interested in civil rights and early American publishing the rest of the holiday season to catch up.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964, which contains materials related to the landmark legislation — including correspondence among the movement’s leaders and political figures in Washington — and First Among Many: The Bay Psalm Book and Early Moments in American Printing, will be leaving their primo spots in the Thomas Jefferson building.
Included among the Civil Rights exhibit’s artifacts are the library’s recently acquired Rosa Parks collection, which contains photos and correspondence related not just to her activism but as an employee of Congress, when she worked for Rep. John Conyers Jr., D-Mich.
Two parts of the Civil Rights Act exhibit related to the legislation’s passage and its impact will be displayed in facsimile form through 2016.