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Art of History: Preserving African American Dioramas


Kiera Hammond adjusts the sky in the backdrop of a diorama depicting the Boston Massacre death of Crispus Attucks. Image courtesy of Winterthur Museum.

In this feature for CBS, Robbyn McFadden spotlights efforts to restore the dioramas which were first presented in the American Negro Exposition, in 1940. These restoration efforts were spearheaded by Jontyle Robinson, director of the Legacy Museum at Tuskegee University, who used the opportunity to introduce Black students to the field of art conservation.

"I think that it's truly imperative that we just understand our history. If you don't understand where you're coming from, it's very hard to grasp where you're going." - Taslyn Ware