New Online Exhibit: Tufts Black Freedom Trail, a walking tour
Posted on February 26, 2018 by Sari Mauro | Categories: exhibits, features | |  Tagged:  |

We are excited and pleased to announce the availability of a new online exhibit from DCA and the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy!

Screenshot of the Tufts Black Freedom Trail walking tour online exhibit

Screenshot of the Tufts Black Freedom Trail walking tour online exhibit

This exhibit, built on the work of the late Professor Gerald R. Gill, documents and connects many of the places and moments in African American history at Tufts. The Tufts Black Freedom trail includes sites specific to the Tufts Medford/Somerville campus. For more information on the African American Freedom Trail Project at Tufts, which includes sites beyond the Tufts campus, please contact the Center for Race and the Study of Democracy.

The Tufts Black Freedom Trail was conceived of by the Professor Gerald Gill (1948-2007), a faculty member in the History department at Tufts University who taught African American history and worked to document Black history at the University. Material related to Professor Gill’s research can be found in the Gerald R. Gill Papers, held by Tufts Digital Collections and Archives. This exhibit is one of several based on Professor Gill’s work, including Another Light on the Hill: Black Students at Tufts.

The tour can be walked in any order, or visited virtually through the exhibit. As currently laid out, the sites start at the Stearns Estate Marker on College Avenue and move through campus towards Somerville and Powder House Square. We invite you to explore the Medford/Somerville campus, on foot or virtually, from your computer or from your phone, through this online exhibit enhanced with historic images from DCA’s archival collections!

DCA’s 2014 Reunion Classes Exhibit Now on Display!
Posted on January 9, 2014 by Leah Edelman | Categories: exhibits, features | |  Tagged:  , |

The 2014 Reunion Classes Exhibit, now on display in Tisch Library (in the cases located near the entrance to the Tower Cafe), highlights the classes of 2004, 1989, 1979, 1964, 1939, and 1914. The exhibit commemorates Tufts alumni through photographs, news clippings, and ephemera selected from the collections of the DCA.

The standing display case focuses on the 10th reunion year of the class of 2004, the 25th reunion year of the class of 1989, and the 50th reunion year of the class of 1964. Highlights from the class of 2004’s time at Tufts include photographs of notable speakers such as Spike Lee and John Kerry, and a photograph of the Patches for Peace quilt created by the Tufts community in response to 9/11. Highlights from the class of 1989’s tenure include photographs of students at rallies and protests, enjoying senior week activities, and at graduation, as well as a photograph of an early performance by a famous Tufts alum. Highlights from the class of 1964 include photographs of students on move-in day and at social functions and sports events, as well as a Tufts Ivy Book and the front page of the Tufts Weekly after JFK’s assassination.

The flat display case focuses on the 35th reunion year of the class of 1979, the 75th reunion year of the class of 1939, and the 100th reunion year of the class of 1914. Highlights from the class of 1979’s Tufts years include a football signed by members of the 1979 football team, and a photograph of the 1975 fire in Barnum Hall that consumed Jumbo, Tufts’s beloved mascot. Highlights from the class of 1939 include coverage of the Great New England Hurricane of 1938, and a photograph of the 1939 women’s basketball team. Highlights from the class of 1914 include photographs of the 1914 Tufts football team and WWI soldiers marching on campus, and a Class Day book.

This exhibit was designed and installed by Leah Edelman, Archives and Research Assistant. It will be on display until Fall 2014. For more information on Tufts history and alumni, stop by the DCA on the Ground Floor of Tisch Library.

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