Alan Page Exhibits Slavery Artifacts In Time For Super Bowl

By Steve Karnowski, Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An iron collar that kept slaves in bondage. A branding iron that marked human beings as someone’s property.

A photograph of black babies captioned as “alligator bait.” A fine china plate with gold lettering that says, “KKK ‘God Give Us Men.’”

They’re among the artifacts of slavery and segregation collected by NFL Hall of Famer and retired Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page and his wife, Diane Sims Page. They went on display this month in time for Super Bowl visitors and the thousands of other people expected to flock to downtown Minneapolis for the festivities. The exhibit, “TESTIFY: Americana from Slavery to Today,” runs through Feb. 6 at the Minneapolis Central Library.

While a sign at the entrance warns that some items inside might be disturbing, there are also messages of hope and promise.

There’s a banner that was held by a mourner in 1865, when a funeral train took President Abraham Lincoln’s body home to Illinois.

The banner reads, “Our Country Shall Be One Country!” Page said it moved him to tears when he first saw it.

“For me it transports me back to that time and that place,” Alan Page said.

Signs that once enforced segregation in the South hang from …read more

Source:: Black America Web

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