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February 5, 1987 – March 26, 2006
American History Museum
12th and Constitution Ave., NW
Location: 2nd Floor, West Wing, Special Exhibitions Gallery
This exhibition interprets the complexities and effects of the Great Migration, a vast movement of more than 1 million African Americans who moved from the South to the North between 1915 and 1940 in search of a better life. The movement was carried out by ordinary people making individual choices. The exhibition takes an in-depth look at the hardships and strengths of southern life; at the personal decisions to leave; and at city life in the North, where jobs were often menial and housing overcrowded, but where new communities and new racial pride emerged.