Make Good The Promises: Reconstruction and Its Legacies

September 24, 2021 – August 21, 2022

Unidentified African American soldier in Union uniform with wife and two daughters
Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540

Make Good the Promises: Reconstruction and Its Legacies is a 4,300-square-foot exhibition exploring the Reconstruction era through an African American lens. It features 175 objects, 200 photographs, 15 audio, video, and interactive programs, and a companion book. The exhibition explores the deep divisions and clashing visions about how to rebuild the nation after slavery. It connects that era to today’s efforts to make good on the promises of the Constitution.