On display since March, this traveling exhibit explores the gay rights movement in the US and marks the 50th anniversary of the police raid on Stonewall Inn. Powerful artifacts bring to light historical moments like the 1978 assassination of Harvey Milk, the AIDS crisis, Rep. Barney Frank’s public coming out, the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” and the fight for marriage equality. This exhibit will tour nationally after its run at the Newseum, including stops in Memphis and Seattle, through 2022.
As the largest permanent exhibit in the Newseum, this gallery covers news as far back as 1492. There are nearly 400 historic newspaper front pages, cases that explore war reporting and sensationalism, and a 25-seat theater for video productions. “This is where my favorite artifact is, the Watergate break-in door,” Gavankar says. “Funnily enough, after the police investigation, this was just sitting in the Watergate garage manager’s home basement for decades. He reached out to us when we opened and asked if we’d like it. Of course, we said yes.”
This exhibit profiles student leaders in the 1960s Civil Rights movement. The centerpiece is a section of the original F.W. Woolworth lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, where four African-American college students launched the revolutionary sit-in movement. Also on view are several African-American newspaper reproductions and a bronze casting of the Birmingham, Alabama jail cell door that confined Martin Luther King Jr. in 1963.